Quick Tips for Making Your Kitchen Energy Efficient

energy efficient kitchenWith the price of everything around us going up considerably from month to month, it is vital we look to be as energy efficient as possible around the home. One of the biggest problems is the amount of heat and electricity we use one in our homes.

Here are some quick tips you can use in your kitchen in order to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

Preparing meals

When it comes to reheating meals; first and foremost do not reheat them on the gas stove.   Use a microwave oven, although you may lose a slight bit of quality in the meal itself you will save yourself so much energy.  Did you know you will save 40% of energy in this process?

When using your gas stove, try not to use the biggest burner unless you have a large pot; a big burner doesn’t heat any faster than a smaller one, especially if your pot is smaller than the burner itself!

Your fridge and freezer

Insulation is the main reason our fridge and freezer use so much energy – they are constantly trying to keep themselves cool inside whilst some of the cold leaks around the seals.  You need to ensure that the insulation seals within the fridge and freezer doors are in good condition, without the doors being sealed properly you will see the energy consumption levels shoot through the roof.

The other thing you can do when it comes to being energy efficient is adjusting the settings, setting a bit of a lower temperature on your fridge is not a bad idea however setting it too low will not help store the food so keep this in mind.

Energy efficient light bulbs

Another great way of making your kitchen more energy efficient is swapping your normal light bulbs for energy efficient ones. Using energy efficient light bulbs can save you up to 80% energy within one bulbs life time, so in your lifetime you could save so much money as well as energy.

Changing lights in kitchens to bright halogen bulbs will also save you energy as they use very little power and will last for years before needing changing.

This guest post was written by Ryan Hirst. For more of Ryan’s work, visit Eurofit Direct, where he writes helpful guides and tips on their blog.

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