Are you using all of your appliances efficiently in the kitchen? Probably not, but we’re always here to save you money!
Most energy-saving tips in the kitchen are, as you probably expect, related to how to save on heat while cooking. So that’s what we’re focusing on today.
1. Be ready!
You’d be surprised how many people leave their oven preheating, or water boiling in the pot, for a long time before they’re even ready to start cooking. Or maybe you’re not surprised, because you’re one of those people!
It just takes a little planning to avoid this: Time yourself chopping up vegetables, cutting and seasoning your meat, etc., and write down how much time it takes you to prepare before you’re ready to throw everything together in the oven or on the stovetop.
For example, let’s say you’re making a casserole. Since you have to cook the noodles and then put the ingredients together in a casserole dish before you bake it…and that takes a half hour of prep time…there is no reason to have your oven preheating that whole time. It only takes 8 – 10 minutes to finish preheating.
2. Don’t open the door!
As you already know, every time you open the oven door, that’s heat escaping and thus forcing your oven to work harder. Just look through the oven door to check on food instead.
If you’re saying, “I can’t see through my oven door!” then it might be time to clean it, which is easy! In keeping with the energy efficiency, environmentally friendly theme of this blog, here’s a great, effective oven cleaner that will eat away grease: 1/2 cup of baking soda with a cup of water. Once you have a paste, spread it on the inside of the window and let it sit for 20 minutes. The gunk should come right off! Now you’ve done some green cleaning, and you’ll be able to be even more green by not opening your oven door!
Another reason you don’t want to open your oven door is because it causes the temperature to fluctuate so much. It could make your cake collapse!
Last but not least, if you already have an effective self-cleaning oven, then you should run self-cleaning right after you get done cooking something. That way, since the oven is already warm, you’re saving lots of energy!
3. “Put a lid on it!”
Sorry, we’re not trying to be rude to you.
We’re just encouraging you to keep lids on pots and pans when you cook, whenever it’s possible. Also, if you need to boil something in water, don’t use more than you need; just enough to cover the item is sufficient.
4. “Cut it out!”
We’re still not being mean! We’re saying, it is perfectly fine to turn off your oven or stove a few minutes before the timer goes off.
The oven or stove has stored enough heat that it’s not going to start cooling down for a few minutes, and it will continue to cook your food.
5. “Turn it down!”
Want to save money with a more efficient HVAC system, in addition to an efficient kitchen? It’s easy! All you have to do is turn the temperature down in your home a little bit while you’re cooking. The heat from the oven/stove, and you being active, will keep you warm. Your HVAC system will thank you for the reduced load.
We hope our tips on energy efficiency in the kitchen helped you out today, and that you will try some of them out!