Making your kitchen energy-efficient is more than just buying appliances with an Energy star logo. Sure, these appliances could contribute to making your kitchen energy-efficient however buying these appliances is not the answer to making your kitchen energy-efficient. According to research, an average household waste about 35% of energy annually. This wasted energy amounts to about $1,863 according to Connect4Climate. If you are remodeling your kitchen or if you are building a kitchen, integrating these energy saving features will help save energy and money. In addition, you will also feel good about yourself because you are actually helping mother nature.
The only question now is how do you make your kitchen energy-efficient? Here are some things that you can do.
Change to energy-efficient light bulbs
Lighting, according to Connect4Climate contributes about 12% energy waste. You can reduce this by using energy-efficient light bulbs. Here is where you need to buy light bulbs that contain the energy star logo. By using energy-efficient light bulbs, you are saving about $45 a year. The types of light bulbs that you should buy for your kitchen are CFL’s, Halogen incandescent or LED lights. These energy-efficient light bulbs also emit the same amount of light if not more, while you cut energy waste and save money.
Take advantage of Natural Lights
When remodeling or constructing your kitchen, make sure that you include in your plan how you can increase the entry of natural light into your kitchen. Introduce bigger windows, create an open kitchen floor plan, anything that would allow the free flow of natural light into your kitchen. By doing this, you are reducing the need to use your electric powered lights. Although you may be using energy-efficient light bulbs, nothing beats using natural light to save on energy costs.
Manage your waste properly
When your waste ends up in a landfill, it requires energy to be processed if not disposed of. By reducing, reusing or recycling your waste you are actually helping in not only conserving energy you are also helping the environment. So practice proper waste management and reduce wasted energy.
Use a low-flow water faucet
According to a study, a standard flow water faucet can release about 2.2 gallons of water per minute. The low-flow water faucet can reduce the water flow by as much as 30%. Using low-flow water faucets does not only reduce water wastage. It also saves you money.
Do not leave your fridge open
This tip is for when you already have constructed your kitchen. Refrigerators are high energy consumers and the main reason for this is the constant temperature adjustment that automatically happens whenever the door is open. By closing your fridge, you do not only lock in the freshness of the things that you have just bought.
Keep your oven door closed
Baking your favorite food might be a fulfilling experience. But, did you know you can also reduce wasted energy by not opening the oven door more times than needed? By opening your oven door, the heat that is needed to cook your dish escapes and opening the oven door frequently would cool down the oven and the oven will have to use more energy to go back to the temperature that you have set. Which means wasted energy.
Wasting energy can be avoided if not reduced if we know the things that we should do to help in reducing our carbon footprints even at home and we can start with our kitchen.