The kitchen is notorious for being one of the biggest energy hogs in the home. This is true even with so many green and energy efficient electronics and devices these days. With appliances, lighting, and plenty of time spent on food prep, cooking, and dining, however, it’s easy to see why so much electricity is used in this central hub of the home.
Whether your interests lie in cutting your carbon footprint for environmental purposes or you’re simply looking for ways to lower your electric bill (or both), you should know that there are plenty of ways to conserve energy, from DIY fixes to hiring electrical contractors in Vancouver to help you upgrade. Here are a few tips to conserve electricity in your kitchen.
Upgrade to Energy-Saving Products
Most people are by now familiar with energy-saving CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and LEDs (light emitting diodes). The former lasts up to ten times as long as traditional incandescent bulbs and uses about a third of the energy. The latter is even more appealing.
It doesn’t stop there, though. You can also upgrade all of your appliances to energy-saving models to curb the amount of power they demand. You can go one step further and install new double-paned windows to reduce the amount of heat transfer between the inside and outside of your home. There are many energy-saving products on the market these days, making it easy to implement upgrades that will save electricity and lower your energy bills over time.
Use Smartphone Apps
Local electrical contractors may or may not be able to direct you toward smartphone apps that will help you conserve electricity, but there are several options to explore. You can, for example, find apps that will let you control lighting throughout your home. In some cases, you can even control electronics and appliances in your home remotely. This could help to stop energy drain when you rush out of the house only to realize you left forgot to turn off lights or the coffeemaker.
Schedule Bulk Cooking
Your fridge probably takes the cake when it comes to energy use, but cooking could also make for a major draw. Even if you have a gas stove, the heat your oven and stove produce while you cook could put your AC into overdrive.
For this reason, you might want to schedule cooking during cooler hours and plan to cook several meals at once to make the most use of an already hot oven. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy the added convenience of having all your meals for the week prepared.
Hire a Home Energy Auditor
You can call your local power provider or trusted electrician services to address areas of energy waste in your home. These professionals can see about setting up a home energy audit or getting a referral to a reputable auditing firm. The inspection and testing report will tell you exactly where you can improve when it comes to conserving electricity in the kitchen and throughout your home.