Given below are some easy ways to save energy in the kitchen.
1. Invest In A Dishwasher
Dishwashers use less water to wash the dishes (3-5 gallons) compared to washing them by hand (22-23 gallons).
You might think you are saving water by not using the dishwasher but this is not the case.
Dishwashers also clean your dishes better and you are also able to skip steps like rinsing, scrubbing and drying.
Make sure you run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded. The same amount of water and energy is used even if your dishwasher is not fully loaded.
Scrape off the remains from the utensils before you place them in the dishwasher.
2. Use Induction Stoves Or Cooktops
In the induction method about 85-90% of the generated heat is utilized for cooking. It is a proven fact that Induction cooktops and stoves are generally more energy efficient than gas cooktops.
This is because induction cooktops are constructed from iron and steel which aren’t good conductors of electricity. When they get heated, the energy is transferred to the pot or pan and they become the source of heat.
This is why an induction cooktop stays cool and makes it safe, since the risk of burning is prevented.
3. Use Your Washing Machine And Dryer Wisely
A washing machine uses about 350-500 watts of electricity and 20 gallons of water per use.
It is one of the most energy consuming appliances, so it is important that you use it wisely.
If you only have a few clothes to wash, use the half load setting or wait till you have a full load otherwise you will be wasting a ton of electricity and water.
Don’t overload your machine. If you do so, all your clothes will absorb the water and the detergent will be unable to dissolve properly. This can result in detergent marks on your clothes which will make them dirty instead of clean.