While the kitchen has the well-earned reputation of being the entertainment centre of the home, its status as one of the highest energy draining rooms of the home is no secret either. Between the stove, oven and dishwasher its no wonder that the energy use in this room can add up. Here are a few tips on how to save energy in the kitchen.
Baking: When it comes to baking it's all material. If you use ceramic or glass to bake, these materials retain and conduct heat better than metals, so you can reduce the temperature in the oven by 20'C. If baking smaller foods using a smaller appliance like a toaster oven, is the more energy efficient option. Also, you can usually shut the oven off for the last 15 minutes of baking and allow the heat to finish the job. And opening the oven door repeatedly results in heat escaping and uses more energy.
Cooking: Take your time. Use a slow cooker or crock pot as these tools consume less energy. Use smaller appliances like a hand mixer to save energy. Make sure the size of the pan matches the burner size. Also don't underestimate the value of defrosting where feasible, the food takes less time to cook.
Clean-up: Load the dishwasher throughout the day and run in the evening. And consider installing a low flow water fixture to conserve water use as well.