Nowadays everyone is looking for simple ways to save money and save the planet at the same time. While it might seem difficult to accomplish both, the solution is actually quite simple! There are some overlooked energy saving tips (which results in money saved) and can be found right in the kitchen with your everyday appliances. Since kitchen appliances normally account for roughly 33% of total household energy bills, it is important to make sure you are using them correctly and most importantly, efficiently.  By using these simple, everyday tips you can keep some money in your pocket as well as help the planet (sounds like a win-win)!

  • Let your dishes air dry. If your dishwasher doesn’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and open the door slightly (or better yet hand wash your dishes.)
  • Match the correct size of the pot to the range. This simple but easy tip can help save your family up to $36 a year.
  • Place the faucet lever in the kitchen sink to the cold position. When using a small amount of water placing the lever in the hot position draws hot water even though it may never reach the faucet!
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. By covering your liquids and foods it will prevent moisture from being released and thus prevent your compressor from working harder causing a higher electric bill.
  • Don’t preheat. When baking, roasting or broiling a dish or cake that will be cooking for an hour or more it isn’t necessary to preheat your oven. Also use a toaster or a convection oven when possible to save on the preheating cost.
  • Check the seals. Just because you can’t see a crack or feel any cold air coming from your seals doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Make sure to check your seals by closing the doors over a piece of paper, half in and half out. If you can pull out the paper easily—you might want to adjust the latches or you might need to replace them.