With Earth Day rolling in later this month, now is as good a time as ever to make your home more energy efficient. Changing the types of appliances and electronics you use, as well as the way that you use them, can reduce consumption of resources and save you money. Let’s start by focusing on the kitchen.
1. If your refrigerator was made before 1993, upgrade to a new one. Older models use twice the amount of energy as newer ones. Look for a refrigerator that is ENERGY STAR rated, such as the Maytag MFX2571XEM. A top-mount, like the Frigidaire FFHT1817LB, is the most energy efficient type of refrigerator.
2. Don’t open the oven door to check on cooking food, as this drops the oven temperature and increases your cook time. With a range like the Whirlpool WFE371LVB, you’ll have no problem keeping an eye on your dinner, thanks to the EasyView extra-large door window.
3. Run your dishwasher with a full load. Scrape your dishes, instead of rinsing them, before loading them, in order to conserve water. Many dishwashers are designed to effectively clean dishes without pre-rinsing anyway.
4. Switch out regular light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). And remember to turn off the lights when leaving the room.
5. Use a burner on your range that matches the size of the pot you’re cooking with. According to ENERGY STAR, doing so can save you $36 a year for an electric range or $18 a year for a gas one. Check out the GE JP705STSS electric range, which features a 6”/9”/12” tri-ring element to provide cooking flexibility.
6. Repair leaky faucets as soon as you can. They can waste gallons of water over time.
What else do you do in your kitchen to reduce energy/ resource consumption? Share your ideas in the comments.