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Tips for a Greener Kitchen - Energy Saving Ideas for Appliances

Your kitchen combines many of today's environmental concerns such as energy consumption (your fridge uses more energy than any other appliance in your home), waste, toxics and genetic engineering. Here are some tips for a healthy lifestyle and a cleaner environment.

Saving Energy in the Kitchen - Refrigerator & Other Appliances

1. Keep your refrigerator full but not overstuffed. Food retains cold better than air.

2. Try to open the fridge less frequently and don't just leave it open.

3. Set your refrigerator close to 37 degrees F and freezer to 3 degrees F. Clean refrigerator gaskets regularly and vacuum the condenser coils once or twice per year.

4. Don't place the fridge in a warm area (like near a heater or in direct sunlight).

5. Use Energy-Saving appliances. Check and compare energy ratings before buying large appliances. These tell you how many kilowatt hours of energy it uses per month.

6. Fill your dishwasher as full as possible. Fewer big loads save you money and save power. And, only wash things in the sink if they can’t be washed in the dishwasher (the machine uses less water and heat than you would).

7. Use electric kettles to boil water which consume half the energy needed to boil water on the stove.

8. Always cover pots when cooking to speed up process and save energy. Water will boil more quickly if there is a lid on the pan.

9. Use pressure cookers which use very little energy and are best for food that is “low on the food chain”.

10. Don’t waste energy preheating your oven, most ovens don’t need it. For pastries and cakes, preheating 10 minutes is plenty. You can also turn your oven off 15 minutes early for major items like roasts and casseroles — the heat left in the oven will finish the job.

11. Turn down the heat after water boils. Lightly boiling water is the same temperature as a roaring boil.

12. Cook food in glass dishes which are quicker than metal pans. The bottom of your pan or pot should be the same size as the burner to use the minimum amount of energy.

13. Thaw food out before cooking. Cooking frozen foods uses more energy.

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