Kitchen Saving Tips  

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Most people use kitchen for a lot more than cooking. So this is the best place to save.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Keep your fridge full
Refrigerators and freezers use one-sixth of the energy in the average American home, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC) . As the CEC explains, every time you open your fridge warm air flows in, forcing the appliance to readjust its temperature. The more items sits in the fridge, the less the temperature changes when the door opens, which cuts down on overall energy consumption.

2. Microwave cook
The CEC claims that microwaves use 50-65 percent less energy than the standard oven. For reheating or steaming, opt for this instead of turning on the stove

3. Use a dishwasher
Just because doing the dishes by hand feels virtuous, doesn’t mean you’re saving the earth. A study by the CEC shows that you can reduce your water consumption by 37 percent by using the appliance. Don’t be afraid to load dishware dirty (prerinsing only uses more water), and make sure to run only when the washer is completely full. Also, keep your hands off the heat-dry button…

4. Try to grow some of your own food.
Whether you have a yard or a windowsill, try growing some of the produce you like to cook with. Products like the aerogarden will keep you sprouting indoors all year long.

5. Invest in your cookware.
You’ll find yourself consuming less, if you pay a few extra dollars for cookware that lasts. Swear off Teflon and stick to stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans, use high quality wooden spoons, and cloth towels instead of paper.

6. Kick cans…
Products like the Soda-Club, which lets you carbonate tap water to make soda, can help you kick back on bottles and cans – not to mention high fructose corn syrup consumption.

This was written by Audrey Tempelsman, Associate Editor, Dwell.com

This entry was posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 and is filed under . You can leave a response and follow any responses to this entry through the Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) .

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