Everyone loves a home-cooked meal, but the appliances used in cooking can use a lot of energy. Conserve energy while you cook by using these tips for the kitchen.

  1. Use a microwave oven, toaster oven, or slow-cooker to cook smaller meals. Keep the burners and reflectors on your oven clean so that they will reflect heat better and use energy more efficiently.
  2. Keep the oven door shut while cooking. Each time you open the oven the temperature decreases 25-75 degrees. Use a timer if your oven does not have a window to know when your food is done cooking.
  3. Keep your freezer stocked. Food retains cold temperatures, meaning that a full freezer will be more efficient than an empty one. If you do not have a frost-free model, defrost the freezer periodically to ensure the frost does not accumulate more than ΒΌ inch.
  4. Set out frozen food to defrost or use the microwave instead of running it under hot water.
  5. Check the gasket, or seal, in your refrigerator door to make sure it fits properly. A loose gasket will cause cold air to leak out of your refrigerator.
  6. Get rid of any old refrigerators or freezers you may be keeping for extra food storage. These appliances can cost between $100-150 per year to run.
  7. Never use your stove or oven for additional heat, this is unsafe.
  8. Look for ENERGY STAR approved kitchen appliances that will cook more efficiently.