Ways To Make Your Kitchen More Energy Efficient And Save
By: Chileshe Mwape
efficient labelled kitchen appliances (refrigerators,
dishwashers, and clothes washers). Every kitchen appliance has
two price tags ? a purchase price and the operating cost.
Energy efficient models will save you money and use less
- Install energy
efficient labelled lighting (e.g., light fixtures: suspended
lights, ceiling-mounted lights, cabinet lights, recessed
lights, and compact fluorescent bulbs).
- In most
households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy
consuming kitchen appliance. Energy efficient refrigerator
models use high efficiency compressors, improved insulation,
and more precise temperature and defrost mechanisms to improve
energy efficiency. Energy efficient refrigerators provide
energy savings without sacrificing the features you want.
- Keep your
refrigerator and freezer filled for most economical operation.
Less cold air is lost when the door is opened in a filled
refrigerator because the food helps retain the cold.
- Allow foods to
partially cool before placing them in the refrigerator. It
takes more energy to cool hot food. For added savings, cover
foods and liquids. The moisture that is released by uncovered
containers increases energy use during the refrigerator's
- Select a
refrigerator with a freezer on top. A side-by side unit uses up
to 20 percent more energy. The Energy Guide label will help you
choose the most efficient model.
- Don't open the
oven door to take a peek at what's cooking inside. Instead,
turn on the oven light and check the cooking status through the
oven window. Opening the oven door lowers the temperature
inside - by as much as 25 degrees - which increases cooking
time and wastes energy.
-As long as your
oven is on, cook several items at the same time. Just make sure
you leave enough room for the heat to circulate around each
- In an electric
oven, you can turn the heat off several minutes before your
food is fully cooked. As long as the oven door remains closed,
enough heat will be stored inside to finish cooking your meal.
- Let your
dishes air dry. A dishwasher uses more energy to dry dishes
than to wash them. If your dishwasher doesn't have an automatic
air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse
and prop the door open to let moisture escape.
purchasing a dishwasher, look for energy saving features such
as a short wash cycle. Shorter washing cycles, with fewer
rinses, save water and water-heating energy.
- Use your
dishwasher only for full loads. Be sure your dishwasher is
full, but not overloaded when you turn it on. Improper loading
can result in poorly cleaned dishes that need to be rewashed.
- Install your
dishwasher away from your refrigerator. The dishwasher's heat
and moisture make the refrigerator work harder. Keep your
refrigerator away from other heat sources such as direct
Walls, Windows and Doors
- If your
remodelling plans include opening walls you could improve your
comfort and the energy efficiency of your home by adding
insulation and air sealing. If you are replacing the windows,
doors, and skylights, install those with the energy efficient
label to make your kitchen the most energy efficient on the