Energy Tips – Kitchen


Take it one step at a time and remember that little changes can add up to big savings. 

  • Use your refrigerator’s anti-sweat feature only if necessary.
  • Switch your refrigerator’s power-saver to ‘ON’, if available.
  • Clean refrigerator coils annually. Set the refrigerator temperature to 34-37 degrees and the freezer temperature to 0-5 degrees.
  • Ensure gaskets around door seal tightly.
  • Unplug unused refrigerators or freezers.
  • Use microwave for cooking when possible.
  • When cooking on the range, use pot lids to help food cook faster.
  • If you are heating water, use hot tap water instead of cold.
  • Remember to use the kitchen exhaust fan when cooking and turn it off after cooking.
  • Let hot food cool before storing it in the refrigerator.
  • Rinse dirty dishes with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.
  • Use cold water for garbage disposal.
  • Only run dishwasher when fully loaded.
  • Use air-dry cycle instead of heat-dry cycle to dry dishes.

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