Given that we’re on the brink of a global energy crisis caused by the pandemic, reducing your electricity bill is more important than ever. Here are a few simple tricks you can implement around your kitchen to succeed in this goal.
Keep Your Fridge Clean
Regularly defrosting and cleaning your fridge will save you quite a bit from your electrical bill. This is very important since, in most kitchens, the refrigerator is the only appliance that’s on all the time.
Upgrade Old Appliances
Let’s say you have an older ‘90s model refrigerator that is still functioning, but its door doesn’t seal off perfectly, or its freezing chamber is busted. If this is the case, you’ll lose more money in keeping it that way, than fixing it or even buying a new one.
So, if you can repair your kitchen appliances or upgrade them to use less energy, do it.
Use Energy-Efficient Kitchen Utensils
Keep in mind that modern kitchen appliances need far less energy to do what they’re supposed to than older utensils.
As contradictory as it seems, in the long run, you can economize more by buying high-quality appliances, such as energy-efficient fridges rather than using old and energy-hungry kitchen tools.
Make a Habit of Pulling the Plugs Out
Pulling the plugs on appliances you’re not using means saving more money at the end of the year. British energy company Utilita reports that this habit can help UK consumers save up to £30 ($40) per year.
Set Your Kitchen Appliances to Eco Mode
Only a few of us would consider using the eco mode on our kitchen appliances, such as water heaters or dishwashers. Yet, some of these are so efficient that they can save up to 60% of the energy they use in other modes.
Cook and Freeze in a Row
Cooking several meals at the same time can save you some electricity. Then, you can freeze excess meals to keep them fresh. Choosing convection cooking or microwave cooking when suitable can also help you save on your electricity bill.