How to Save Energy in the Kitchen

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How to Save Energy in the KitchenIf you are experiencing a winter like we are here in the North East, you will know that it has been one for the ages. As I write this we are looking at record low temperatures this week. With extreme temperatures forcing more electric heat and gas prices on the rise, many of us will see a boost in our bills this winter.

So how can we be energy smart and perhaps balance out some of the excess energy needed to heat our homes?  As I have mentioned, I am participating in the Learn and Conserve Blogger Challenge with NRG Residential Solutions. The goal is to learn as much as we can about saving money on energy during and implement that knowledge. So here are a few tips for reducing energy used in the kitchen:

How to Save Energy in the Kitchen

  • Open the shades or blinds and keep the lights down in the kitchen during the daytime.
  • Try to defrost food in the refrigerator rather than in the oven or microwave.
  • Turn down the oven or burner when your meal is almost ready, letting the heat take over and finish for you.
  • Cover pans while cooking to prevent heat loss.
  • Pasta is a staple in many households. Some cooks agree that if you use less water when making pasta, it will cook faster.
  • Try turning the oven temperature down about 25 degrees when using glass or ceramic pan. Often you will find that your food will cook just as quickly.
  • Check on your food through the oven window rather than by opening the door.  Doing so can decrease the oven’s temperature, which will increase cooking time and energy usage.
  • Make extra so you can utilize those leftovers. It uses less energy to reheat them in the stove or microwave than to make more from scratch in the oven.
  • Make meals that can be made without using the oven, such as pasta, soups or meals that can be made in a crock pot or pressure cooker.
  • Make no-bake desserts. Do a search on Google or Pinterest for no-bake recipes, or try some of these terrific treats:

Cool Whip Cappuccino Trifle from A Parenting Production

Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies from It’s Jessica’s Life

Peppermint Oreo Balls from GirlyMama

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie from ShanaMama

Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies from Lil Kid Things (This recipe can be adapted to use Sunbutter or other nut butters too.)

Various Rice Krispie Treats Recipes from Better in Bulk (You have never seen so many recipes for Rice Krispie treats in one place.)

Champagne Jello Shots from Freaky Perfect (This one is for adults only!)

Do you have any other suggestions of ways to reduce energy use in the kitchen? If so, please share them below!

 
Disclosure: NRG Residential Solutions has provided me with a NEST Learning Thermostat ($249 value). All opinions expressed here are purely my own.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the no-bake dessert ideas!

  2. I like to batch cook especially when I’m using the oven. If I’m making chicken for dinner, I’ll pop in a container of brown rice and a sweet potato or 2 to cook at the same time as the chicken.

  3. Those are great suggestions that make a lot of sense. I don’t have a window in my oven door, but I will keep that in mind for when it has to be replaced!

  4. great tips! Luckily our kitchen is very sunny so during the day all of our blinds are opened and it stays nice and toasty in there

  5. I was debating using my crock pot today. I wasn’t sure if it used more energy or not since it would be on all day. But we’ve had some flickering lights due to so much power being used all over town!

  6. Fantastic tips. My kitchen actually sucks out energy– it’s terribly insulated. These ideas should help me save energy in other ways. Also. Champagne Jello Shots? YES!

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