These days everyone wants to “go green” and help out the environment, however, thrifty homeowners know that a little home maintenance and tips can also go a long way toward saving them some money. There are tons of simple ways that you can cut costs and help conserve natural resources.This week’s blog we’ll focus on one of the easiest places to conserve energy: The Kitchen.
Change Your Kitchen Habits – Is your refrigerator working at the optimum temperature? Optimum setting is between 37 – 40 degrees. It’s worth the time to place a thermometer inside and check, since lower temperatures can mean higher power bills.
How energy efficient are your appliances – All new appliances are required to come with a bright yellow sticker that projects electricity consumption. Look for those that are certified with the energy star” rating, since they’ve been deemed efficient by the EPA.
Check the seal on your fridge/freezer doors. Place a dollar bill in the door before closing it. If the bill slides out easily, the seals have lost some of their integrity. Replacing them means your appliance doesn’t have to work so hard.
Allowing food to cool to room temperature before placing it in your refrigerator means that it won’t have to work so hard to maintain a cool temperature.
It’s also not necessary to pre-heat an oven unless you’re doing something exact like baking. Just add a few more minutes of cooking time to compensate for a room temperature oven. You’ll not only conserve energy on the oven, but your house will remain cooler as well.
Make sure that your refrigerator is in a cool part of the kitchen, or at the very least, far away from the oven. Placing your fridge next to the oven means that the compressor will have to gobble energy to keep the fridge cool, while the oven is on. Just a few degrees cooler can make a huge difference.
Paint your kitchen walls a light, bright color – You’ll find that you need to use less artificial light. Check and make sure which one of your lights is the most strategically placed. Oftentimes, one light, when positioned correctly, is enough to light a whole room.
With just a little bit of effort, you and your family can have a “green” kitchen, that will not only help the environment, but really help you cut your power bills, and save money. For some more money saving ideas, be sure and check out the official EPA webpage, http://www.energystar.gov/.