8 Steps to Cut Out Wasted Energy in the Kitchen

| 12/23/2014 9:15:00 AM

The kitchen is one of the largest consumers of energy in the home. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, the room where you cook is a great place to start. Of course you've probably already read all about buying Energy Star appliances and the money and energy savings those offer, but there many other simple ways to save energy in the kitchen.

1. Let There Be LED Light

Switching out your kitchen light bulbs to LED bulbs will save a significant amount of electricity. A standard BR30 LED bulb costs about $1.50 a year to run, versus $7.80 for an incandescent equivalent. When you factor in the longevity of the LED bulb, estimated to last 23 years versus one year for the incandescent, the savings for both you and the planet are clear.

2. Cook Carefully

The top source of wasted energy in a kitchen is from cooking. Avoiding these bad habits will quickly add up to big energy savings:

• Opening and closing heated oven doors too frequently
• Not putting lids on pots while boiling
• Using incorrectly sized pans (cooking with a 6-inch diameter pan on an 8-inch burner wastes over 40% of the heat produced)

Additionally, cooking in a convection oven is 25 percent more efficient than a conventional oven because of shorter cooking times, and using a microwave or a toaster oven reduces electricity use for smaller meals. Even though these appliances use more energy than conventional ovens, the shorter cooking time saves energy overall. Energy Star estimates savings of as much as 80 percent when using the microwave instead of the oven.

10/9/2017 9:30:51 PM

"LED lights have considerably more EMF’s" You probably mean EM radiation, but it's way less than your wifi router. "they eliminate infra-red rays which are beneficial to humans" Stand closer to the stove and you'll get your infra-red. LEDs can have bluer light than incandescents, but they are a lot less intense than sunshine. It's personal preference. "Microwave ovens destroy part of the nutrients in your food." So does cooking with anything else. Eat your food raw if it scares you.

10/9/2017 11:04:56 AM

Regarding induction cooktops and canning - I use a Ball Fresh Tech Water Bath Canner + Multi-Cooker, Electric, 21 Quart. I had a really hard time finding anything large enough to can in that was induction compatible. It also comes in handy when I need to serve a vat of soup at a large gathering. I love the spigot, because it means I can drain it without having to move a big pot of boiling water.

10/9/2017 10:44:21 AM

I realize energy efficiency is the theme here but factoring in health concerns, the outcome looks different. LED lights have considerably more EMF’s than incandescents, and they eliminate infra-red rays which are beneficial to humans. Microwave ovens destroy part of the nutrients in your food. Luckily, you get to choose which theme works for you.

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