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3 Ways to Save Energy in the Kitchen

The kitchen is where people often gather with friends and family for enjoying meals and memories. When you’re making the perfect dish, you can also keep saving energy in mind with these tips.

  • When possible, cook with smaller appliances. Using smaller kitchen appliances, like slow cookers, toaster ovens and convection ovens is more energy efficient than using your large stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven. 


  • Unplug appliances that draw "phantom" energy load. Appliances that remain plugged in an outlet – even when they’re not in use – continue to use energy. The Department of Energy estimates that by leaving “energy vampires” plugged in year-round, a household is wasting $100-200 in energy costs.


  • Use your dishwasher efficiently. Only run full loads, avoid using your dishwasher for just a few dirty dishes for just a few dirty dishes; it uses 3-7 gallons of hot water each use. You can also save energy by letting your dishes air dry. If your dishwasher doesn’t have an automatic air-dry switch, simply turn it off after the final rinse and prop the door open so the dishes will dry faster.

For more energy-saving tips, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave.