Saving Energy Room By Room: The Kitchen

1. LEDs are up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also last much longer and are more durable.

2. You’ll use up to 80 percent less energy by using your microwave for heating small portions.

3. Covering pots and pans helps food cook more efficiently while keeping your kitchen cooler and more comfortable.

4. The burner should be heating the food, not the kitchen. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner, for example, wastes more than 40 percent of the burner’s heat.

5. Setting the right temperature will set you up for savings. A refrigerator that is 10 degrees colder than necessary can use 25 percent more energy.

6. Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher; it will save energy and water. Also, be sure to scrape, not rinse, dishes before loading them.

7. Faucet leaks waste water and energy. Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second can send more than 1,600 gallons a year down the drain – and waste up to $35 on your energy bills.

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