Saving Money in the Kitchen
Hints for Saving Money in the Kitchen – Electricity
For many families, the electric bill is something to be feared.It is monthly, large, and usually puts everyone in a bad mood.But, electricity is a fact of life; you can not just stop turning the lights on (ok you can, but you probably don’t want to).Here are some useful hints, categorized by equipment, to lower your energy usage, and hence save you money.
The Fridge – Your refrigerator is one of the most expensive items in your house, not just because of its price but because of the amount of electricity it consumes along with your freezer.Some studies have proved that your fridge and freezer combine for 15% of your total energy expenditures!Here are some hints for cutting this monstrous cost down:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Keep the doors closed! – keeping your frig and freezer sealed shut allows the cold air to circulate.Power is only used to cool the air inside of the refrigerator, hence the longer it stays cold naturally, the better.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Pack it tight! – you want to keep a fairly large amount of items in your freezer because the large mass of food helps to maintain a low temperature.This means that when you do open your freezer, it is able to cool down easier without using as much power.However, don’t pack it in so much that the cold air can not circulate, that defeats the purpose of a freezer!
The Dishwasher – Remember the good ole days when people washed their dishes by hand?Guess why?Either there were no dishwashers in creation, or electricity was not available.Washing dishes by hands obviously will save you electricity but only if you follow a few easy rules.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Use cold water – using hot water makes this pointless because you pay for the electricity to heat the water!
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Fill your sink up before washing – studies have shown that a dishwasher actually uses less water than you would while washing your dishes by hand.These numbers are reversed, however, if you fill up your sink or wash basin with water first.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Only full loads – this is obvious, but important.Only wash full loads so you get the most for the money you are investing in the electricity.And, if you plan rinsing before using the dishwasher, use cold water.
·Use power saving settings – another obvious one, but so easy to forget!
The Oven – this is the big daddy of the kitchen, and can be very, very expensive to keep happy.Here are the tricks you are not supposed to know to save money.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Don’t preheat – unless you are baking bread or pastries, there is no reason to preheat your oven EVEN IF the recipe calls for it.This is especially true for cooking meats for the holidays.If it is going to be a very long cooking venture, why waste the energy to preheat the oven?
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->No peaking! – when you open the oven door you are wasting heat!And heat costs money! Simply turn on the light inside of the oven and watch from outside.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Double, no, Triple Dip – cook as many items as you can in your oven at one time.Just make sure there is enough room for all of your food to get some heat.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Electric ovens are special – you can actually turn your oven off a few minutes before your food is cooking and your oven will magically cook it to perfection for you!
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Glass and clay are your friends – glass and ceramic pans require 25 degrees LESS of heat, saving you money! Glass brands of cookware and glass brands of bakeware such as the popular Pyrex are a great option.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->·<!--[endif]-->Beware the “self-clean” – self-cleaning ovens DO save money because they use less energy for cooking, however if you use the self-clean function two times or more in the same month you will be shooting yourself in the foot; those pushes of the button are expensive!
·Use your grill! – you have it for a reason; to save money on your electricity bill!
<!--[endif]-->Well those are the major money-burners in the kitchen.Stay tuned for future money-saving hints for the kitchen from ReStockIt.com.
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