Simple tips to reduce your kitchen energy usage

Lower your energy usage and electric bill

Since everyone is staying at home now, there’s a lot more cooking going on in the kitchen. Which means your electric bills will most likely go up. Thankfully, our friends at HI Now and Hawaii Energy shared some tips with us on how to reduce your kitchen energy usage.

“In the kitchen, people are going to be cooking a lot more now. Fridges and freezers are fully stocked up, and there’s going to be a lot more opening of refrigerator doors throughout the day to get snacks,” Shayna Doi with Hawaii Energy explains. “If anyone is worried about their electric bill going up now that everyone is at home, we want to help people minimize those costs.”

One of the easiest things people can do to save energy? Limit the number of times you open the fridge! Since cold air escapes every time you open the door, that can really make your fridge work hard to keep things cool. If you’re about to cook a meal, try to grab everything you need at once. Similarly, when you’re cooking in the oven, try not to peek in the oven unnecessarily. Since the hot air escapes and it takes a lot of energy for the oven to heat back up.

Now’s also a great time to put those smaller appliances to use. Break out the Instant Pot, toaster ovens or the microwave. Lower wattage combined with faster cooking times. That means you can cut your energy consumption drastically compared to a traditional stove or oven.

Finally, when you’re finished in the kitchen, make sure to shut off and unplug counter appliances no longer in use — like coffee pots. Even when turned off, anything with an LED screen, lights, or warmers continue to draw energy if they remain plugged in, so unplugging them will save you money.

If you want to find out more about how to reduce energy usage in your kitchen and homes, just visit hawaiienergy.com/tips. Sponsored by Hawaii Energy.

Find more great ideas to save money on our Coronavirus Resources page.

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