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Ways You Can Save Energy In The Kitchen

 

With today’s economy still a bit sluggish, people are looking for ways to cut back any way they can.  If you feel you have cut just about everything you can think of, there is more! Many people drop their cable or cut down on eating out, but there are some simple changes you can make to save money on your power bill.  If you can get the whole family on board with your changes, you will begin to see a change on your utility bill within a few months.  Here are just a few ideas:

shutterstock_18610651_(2)Use the correct size pan for the burner.  If you use a smaller pot on a larger burner, you are losing energy.

Use your crock pot or single soup pot for yummy chili, stew, soup and more.  By cutting down on the number of burners you use, you are saving energy many times over.

Turn off your burner or oven before the cooking process is complete.  Not only does this save money, but it also will keep your food from burning and drying out.

Use energy saving cookware that will speed up the cooking time and save energy all at once!

Cook for an army but feed a few.  When you do this, you have leftovers for lunches to bring to school or work and will save you from cooking at least one meal.

Pressure cookers save energy and can bring a level of tenderness you cannot get with any conventional cooking methods.

When reheating leftovers, either reheat on top of the stove or in the microwave instead of the oven, which uses much more energy than the other two options.

Change the light bulbs in your kitchen to energy saving bulbs.  This will save a surprising amount of energy and therefore lower your energy bill.

shutterstock_103508195_(2)At least 2-3 times per week, have a non cooked meal.  Have a sandwich or salad bar and let everyone serve themselves.  This cuts down on your energy and clean up is a breeze!

Unplug those electric appliances you aren’t using.  Even when an appliance is not in use, if it is plugged in, it will use energy.