Making Your Kitchen More Efficient
When you think about all of the electricity used in your Rochester home, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are appliances and electronic devices in every room. But when you really stop to evaluate the numbers, the kitchen is typically the room with most electric gadgets. And it is undoubtedly the space that you use once or more each day. So looking for some simple ways to make your kitchen more energy efficient is a wise way to curtail your energy bills without the need to sacrifice anything.
The Heart Of The Home
Most families tend to gather in the kitchen. It could be that everyone gravitates there as it is time to prepare the evening meal, or it is where kids sit to do homeowner, so parents stop here when they get home from a long day. But it seems to be the place to be in the evenings in most Bloomington homes. That means you are going to find many lights turned on in this space. So how about cutting the power needed to light your kitchen by around 80 to 90%? It can be done by replacing all the incandescent light bulbs with far more energy-efficient LED choices. Even better, the new lightbulbs will last exponentially longer than the older lightbulbs, so that is one less thing for your lengthy to-do list.
Go Glass When Baking
Many consumers have switched to metal baking dishes because they are affordable and very durable. But would you still be a fan of them if you knew they cost you money each time you used one? It’s true. A metal pan requires a higher baking temperature to provide the same results as a glass or ceramic baking dish. Switch to a glass baking dish for your favorite recipe, and you can reduce the temperature by as much as 25 degrees to get the same result.
Fight Back Against Energy Vampires
Every appliance in your kitchen that is plugged in is consuming energy, even when turned off. These devices are called energy vampires because they are constantly sipping power and draining your wallet. Unplug the toaster oven, toaster, coffee grinder, blender, and mixer to save money and prevent an electrical fire. Then apply the same rule to the rest of your home to save even more.
Skip Ahead Before Preheating
How often have you started to prepare a recipe and immediately turned on the oven when the first line said to preheat the oven? Sadly, it could be 30 minutes or more before you need to start the preheating process, and all you are doing is wasting energy. Furthermore, if you make this mistake in the summertime, you are even making your AC work a little harder than necessary. So read ahead and make sure that you only start to preheat the oven 10 to 15 minutes before you are ready to place the food in the oven.
For more information on economizing on your kitchen energy consumption, call 612-236-9052 today to speak to the licensed electricians at Lumberjack Electric.