Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Energy efficient kitchen appliances

Home appliances figure a large part of a household’s energy bill. The kitchen, more especially, is home to several home appliances that use up energy. Know which ones to swap for newer models to save on your electricity consumption.

If your refrigerator model is more than ten years old, it may be time to retire it and opt for a newer model.

Refrigerators

Refrigerators are huge power-suckers in any household. If your refrigerator model is more than ten years old, it may be time to retire it and opt for a newer model. Newer refrigerators generally use up less energy, with most models having auto defrost functions. When choosing which appliance to invest in first, the refrigerator is the obvious choice, as it uses up the most energy, thus giving you the opportunity to save on energy costs earlier on.

Whether you’ve opted to buy a new refrigerator or stick to your old model, you may still employ energy-saving habits for your financial advantage. Keep refrigerator doors closed at all times, to keep the cool air in. Avoid having heat sources such as stoves, microwaves and ovens located near your refrigerator. And leave some space behind your refrigerator so that air may circulate around the condenser oils. These practices will help make your refrigerator run more smoothly using less power. 

Stoves and ovens

Stoves, ovens and other cooking equipment don’t use up that much energy. The energy used to cook everyday meals or special dinners and parties makes up a small part of your energy bill. You may hold out on upgrading your stove for a newer model for now, as the energy savings are hardly significant. However, if you’re looking for a new oven, opt for a convection type oven, as this reduces cooking time and energy consumption as well.


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