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Conserve electricity in the kitchen

Dishwasher

  • Turn off the dishwasher after the final rinse and before the drying cycle. Dry the clean dishes with a cloth instead of using more electricity.
  • Fill the dishwasher completely, as partial loads waste electricity.
  • Keep the filters clean, as a blocked filter reduces efficiency and wastes energy. 

Refrigerator

  • Don’t overload your fridge, consumption is as much as 10-20% more for each extra product.
  • Prevent thick frosting, as it reduces the cooling ability. If you don’t have a frost-free model, defrost your refrigerator when frost is between 0,6 to 1,3 cm thick.
  • Allow adequate space around the refrigerator for free air circulation. The air carries heat away from the fridge - if air can't circulate, the fridge can't work properly.

Electric stove

  • Use a pressure cooker to conserve energy when cooking foods that take a long time, such as pot roasts, stews and steamed puddings.
  • Bring foods to the boil quickly on the "high" setting, then turn the heat down to simmer to finish cooking.
  • Keep oven doors completely closed until food is cooked. Every time the door is opened, the oven temperature drops, and the heat must be replaced.

Microwave ovens

  • Use your microwave oven to cook small to medium quantities of food. To cook larger portions of meat, it is better to use a conventional oven.
  • Cooking time is an important factor when determining energy efficiency levels. Compare cooking times when you cook the same food in the microwave, in the standard oven, on stove top elements or in a pressure cooker. You will easily see which method of cooking is more efficient depending on quantity, volume and food types.

Small appliances

  • Using small kitchen appliances instead of the stove can save energy. Toasters, electric grills and skillets, slow cookers, electric coffee pots and bottle warmers usually require less energy than the stove when used correctly.
  • Use an electric kettle to boil water, not a sauce pan or a microwave.