The kitchen is easily the most energy-consuming area of the house: what with fridges, stove, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, toasters, kettles, rice cookers, blenders…and the list goes on. The multiplicity of electrical appliances that have become a standard attribute of the modern kitchen mean that this room is simply a vacuum that sucks up more water and energy we may care to admit. And don’t let the facade of a narrow house prevent you from making adjustments to lessen your environmental impact – you probably still consume just as much energy as any other household.

The huge amount of power and water that kitchens suck up means that there is all the more you can save by making a few simple adjustments to your everyday routine and ensuring you have an energy efficient kitchen.

One of the most universal changes you can make to any room of the house is to always turn off lights and appliances at the wall when not in use. Installing energy efficient kitchen light bulbs is one of the easiest ways you can drastically reduce your energy bill. However, if you want to do more or are still racking up huge energy costs think about getting professional advice from lighting energy reduction in Sydney, Australia.

Fridge and Freezer

Set your fridge to a temperature of 4-5ºC and the freezer to between -15 and -18ºC. Ensure that your fridge is located in a cool, well-ventilated environment away from the oven or the sun so that it doesn’t have to work as hard and thus saves electricity. Leave a 5cm gab between the fridge and the area around it in order to increase air circulation.

It is also imperative that the door seals are functioning properly. Test them by placing a piece of paper between the door seals and the door – if the paper moves the doors aren’t sealed as tightly as they could be and are therefore allowing air (and power) to escape. By the same token, ensure that you never leave the refrigerator door open for long periods at a time. Make sure you know what you want before you open the door so that you so that less electricity is used in your energy efficient kitchen.

You should also check that the condenser coils (black pipes) at the back of the fridge are kept clean and that the fridge is relatively full with enough space between items to allow for circulation. Defrost the freezer if there is a frost build up of more than 6mm and be sure to turn the fridge off, clean it and leave the door open if you’re going away.

Oven/Microwave

Microwaves use approximately 70% less power than a standard oven and also cook food three times faster. So clearly use the microwave in place of the oven whenever you can. When you are using an oven though, make sure the hinges and seals and properly functioning and try to avoid opening its door when cooking as this reduces the temperature by up to 20ºC every time.

Stovetop

Be careful to thaw foods completely in the fridge before cooking to reduce cooking time. You should also use an electric kettle to boil water rather than on the stove as its faster and uses a lot less energy. Also keep (snug-fitting) lids on pots when cooking on the stovetop to reduce the amount of time and energy used. Lastly, make sure you replace damaged coils, reflectors and hot plates to improve the heating benefits of your energy efficient kitchen.

Dishwasher

Only use the economy cycle for everyday cooking and reserve the full wash for when the dishwasher is actually full. Try to hand wash large bowls, pots or pans as these take up unnecessarily large amounts of space in the dish washer. Another thing you should heed when it comes to the dishwasher to keep the filter clean so that it is efficient and circulates freely.

Although all of these methods are great ways of reducing your bills and your carbon footprint, there are further ways in which you can more drastically save energy and water to ensure you have an energy efficient kitchen. Getting eniscope monitoring in Sydney, Australia will provide you with tailored and professional advice that can save you even more money. Energy Cost Attack gets right to the source of your major energy consumption and helps you help yourself and the environment.

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