Keeping your food cold for storage, cooking, and running the dishwasher are all major sources of energy use in the kitchen. With a few simple tweaks, you can make your kitchen greener and minimize your carbon footprint. Check the seals of your refrigerator and freezer to ensure a tight fit. Check for the optimal temperatures for food storage and set the temperatures accordingly. Cleaning the condenser coils can make a huge difference, so give it a try! Finally, you can disable the automatic ice maker to save additional energy.
When cooking in an oven, ensure that the oven is sealed and that the coils are the correct size. Coils can also be wrapped in aluminum foil for greater efficiency. Alternative methods to cooking food such as the use of a microwave, slow-cooker, or pressure cooker are more energy-efficient than using an oven.
When it’s time to clean your dishes, avoid the heated dry setting on the dishwasher and leave the door open to allow dishes to dry on their own. Some dishwashers have a speed cycle that get dishes clean in the shortest amount of time. Without making any major changes, conserving energy in the kitchen is easy!
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