Kitchens are energy-intensive rooms thanks to modern appliances designed to make life, and eating, easier. The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following tips for cutting energy consumption in the kitchen without sacrificing convenience.
• Skip the pilot light. If you’re thinking of replacing your current range or oven with a new gas model, opt for a unit with an electronic ignition. Pilot lights burn gas–and money–24 hours a day.
• Check the flames. If gas is being burned efficiently by your range or oven, the flames should be blue. If they’re yellow, call in a professional to have the unit adjusted or repaired.
• Clean range burners and pans. Clean burners and pans reflect heat better, thus using less energy.
• Turn off early. Electric ovens retain heat for quite a while after they are turned off. By turning the heat off several minutes early, you can use the residual no-cost heat to finish cooking your food.
• Use small appliances. Using a toaster oven–for foods that fit–cuts energy consumption more than 50% compared with a full-sized oven. You can also save money by using fast-cooking appliances-microwaves and pressure cookers.
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