Your kitchen can consume a lot of electricity each year. Between the electric use of the appliances and the lighting, your kitchen can suck up more power than you might think. There are several things that you can do to reduce the amount of electricity consumed in the kitchen, and here you will learn just what those things are.
Embrace the Sunlight
That giant glowing ball in the sky can help you reduce the energy use in your kitchen. Having natural light fill your kitchen can reduce the electricity usage because you won't need to use all of the lights that you have installed.
Keep your window treatments open. If privacy is an issue, consider frosting the glass on the windows to allow natural light to flow in without letting people see what is going on in your home.
If you don't have big, open windows in your kitchen, it might be worth replacing one or two of them for larger, energy efficient windows. If this isn't in your budget right now, hang a few mirrors around the room to reflect the sunlight that does enter the space.
The sun can actually help you light up the kitchen at night as well. Purchase a solar powered lantern or two and place them in your windows. The sun will charge up the lights and provide you with the nightlight that you need to see where you are going when you sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack.
Smart Appliance Usage
You have probably seen commercials and ads about replacing your old appliances with new ones to reduce the amount of energy that they consume. If this isn't something that you can do right now, you can just use the appliances that you have right now a little wiser.
Dishwasher – Don't run the dishwasher until it is completely full. If your household doesn't use a lot of dishes, consider washing them by hand each evening so that the food doesn't harden onto the dishes while you work to fill the dishwasher.
Oven – Electric ovens suck up a lot of electricity just during the pre-heat process. Purchase a small counter-top toaster oven to use to heat up small meals and snacks. This will actually help you in two ways – it expedites the cooking process and it reduces the energy consumption.
Refrigerator – Opening and closing your refrigerator all the time will cause your electricity usage to go up quite a bit. Instead of opening the door to see what is inside, keep a dry erase board on the front with the contents listed on it. As things are eaten, erase it from the board. This will let you know exactly what is in there without having to open the door and let all the cool air out.
When the time comes that you are ready and able to make permanent upgrades in your kitchen, talk with your contractor about the changes that you can make to improve the efficiency of your kitchen.