When it comes to the energy efficiency of our homes, the kitchen is likely using up the most power. This is because it has most of the major appliances in any given household – the refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave – which are constantly sucking up energy, even when they are not in use. Despite this, there are ways that everyone can adjust their kitchen in order to make it a space that uses power in smarter ways.
Here are a few kitchen energy-saving tips from Apartment Therapy:
- Keep hot food out of the refrigerator: Before you put anything away to store in the fridge, you should first leave it on the counter to cool off. Putting hot items in the appliance will raise the internal temperature, which will force it to use greater amounts of energy to lower the temperature once again.
- Skip the dry cycle: After your dishes have been cleaned by the dishwasher, simply open the machine to let the kitchenware air dry. This will cut down on the amount of energy used up for each load.
- Window coverings: One of the best ways to keep a room energy-efficient is by investing in custom window treatments. This is especially true of the kitchen, as the sun's rays shining directly on the refrigerator will heat up the machine, making it work harder to stay cool. Prevent this by keeping sunlight out of the room almost entirely.