The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. It is also a big energy user. The way you work in your kitchen can lower your energy and water bills and help the environment. Small changes aimed at reducing kitchen water and energy waste will make a big difference in your bills.
When you are washing dishes by hand, fill one basin with warm soapy water and the other with cold rinse water. This uses less water than leaving the water running while rinsing. If you don’t like this idea, use a sprayer to rinse the dishes. Get one that shuts off with a spring-loaded valve. When I suggest to my wife that she should only rinse the inside of the pots and pans she squirts me with the sprayer.
Do not pre-rinse dirty dishes before hiding them in the dishwasher. If you need to rinse the dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, use cold water. Hold off running the dishwasher until it is full.
Turn off the heated drying cycle switch. Let dishes air dry. If your dishwasher does not have a switch, turn the control knob “OFF” after the final rinse. Prop the door open a bit, so the dishes will dry faster.
Microwave ovens are great energy savers. Microwave ovens use only one-fifth as much energy as conventional stoves.
Microwaves are by far the most efficient way to cook small portions. I think that they are great for making hot snacks in the winter.
Food cooks faster and uses less energy, when placed on the outer edges of a rotating tray rather than in the center of the microwave.
Food cooks faster and uses less energy, as the surface to volume ratio increases. What do I mean by that? If you spread food out in a thin layer it cooks faster than if it is in a thick lump in the middle of the microwave.
During hot weather, using the microwave reduces heat build up in the kitchen reducing the load on your air conditioner.
When using a gas or electric oven try to reduce the number of times you open the oven door. Each time the oven door is opened, it looses about one fourth of its heat.
Match pot size to burner size on your stovetop. Heat is lost and energy is wasted if the burner is bigger around than the pot.
Clean range top burners and reflectors to better reflect the heat to where it can be used.
Put a lid on those pots. Lids hold the heat in and save energy.
On electric stove tops use flat bottom pans to make full contact with the heating elements.
If you cook with an electric range, you can turn OFF the burners or oven before the cooking is finished. It takes several minutes for the heating elements to lose their heat.
You can save on your energy bill by avoiding cooking on the range or in the oven by using a crock pot or slow cooker. They put just the right amount of heat just where you need it to get the job done.
Saving water and energy, while you are in the kitchen is good for your cash flow and good for the environment.