Monday, April 18, 2016

Saving Tips: Reducing Energy Use in the Kitchen

If you've read very many of my posts about small, everyday, actions that can help you save money you've probably noticed that I like looking for ways to reduce our electric bill (our entire house is electric). Usually these don't have huge impacts by themselves but I like knowing that the monthly payment that I have to make is as low as possible, and collectively they do make a noticeable difference.

So today I actually have two small tips for you that each will help you to save money in the kitchen. These are actually coming from the monthly home energy report that my electric provider send us. They have a portion of the report that gives tips about what you can do to save money and energy.

1: Check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer.

And I quote, "Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator or freezer. [You might as well do both while you're at it.] A refrigerator that is 10 degrees too cold can use up to 25% more energy than one that is running at the ideal temperature. Recommended temperatures are 37 to 40 degrees for the fresh food compartment, and 5 degrees for the freezer. If you have a separate freezer for long term storage, you should set it to 0 degrees."

Their estimated savings for doing this is an average of $14 per year.

2: Dust of that crock pot.

They say that "Coming on a crock pot can be much more efficient and convenient than using your oven. A crock pot costs 10 cents to run for 8 hours while an oven costs 32 cents to run for just one hour. Dust off that crock pot and fill it with your favorite meal. You'll savor the flavor and enjoy the savings."

They estimate that this will also save you about $14 per year.

Personally, we love crock pot meals but, because of the advanced planning that it requires, we don't use our crock pot very often. Nor have I checked our fridge's temperatures cause I'm not sure that I have a thermometer on hand. But, I now pledge, on penalty of wasting money, to check the temperatures by the end of the week and adjust the temperatures accordingly and help my lovely wife in finding ways to incorporate the crock pot into our cooking.

Good luck as you try out these tips and search for others. Remember, every little bit helps, especially when it doesn't cause you any inconvenience.