5 Small, Cool And Smart Things You Can Do In The Kitchen To Save Money And Energy

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Most of us can probably agree that the kitchen is the hub of the whole household. Here the most delicious meals are made for family celebrations, here you have the best conversations with a cup of coffee and just-made apple pie, and here everyone gathers to eat and just have a good time with the family.

Cooking is really a great hobby, but rising electricity and gas bills please few of us. Especially nowadays when every single dollar can be used for something better. Today, we invite you to get acquainted with five tricks that will save your time and money, as well as the environment and which don’t even require that much effort. Best of all, these tips are super fun, and can be called geeky, because not many people come up with such lifehacks for sure!

  1. Cook in as little water as possible. The more water you boil, the more power it requires to get bubbled, so you are not only wasting water (after all, we tend to spill everything away) but also waste energy too. In addition, in a large quantity of boiled water there are way less vitamins that end up in your food than in a smaller amount, so if you are using a lot of water, you are also wasting many minerals and vitamins too.
  2. Turn off an oven five minutes early. When you are cooking soups, porridge or noodles, turn off the hotplate a bit earlier and use the rest of the time for the food to cook by itself. By doing only this small trick you can save around 5 dollars each month, and that is a fair amount, considering how little you have to do to save. At the same time, if you turn off your oven 5-10 minutes before the end of cooking, you can also save a bit of money because even after the stove is turned off, it remains hot for a while. By doing this, you can save around 6 dollars a month too, which adds up to over 60 dollars a year!
  3. Defrost the freezer regularly. Believe it or not, but the more ice there is in a freezer, the higher the energy consumption is. In fact, in the case of a 3 mm thick frost, electricity consumption increases by 30 percent. Let’s not forget that even ice cubes in your drink can harm the environment, so it surely pays off to defrost your freezer time after time. Neat and tidy refrigerators actually can save you around 5 dollars a month. On the other hand, you can also lower the minimum cooling temperature and don’t worry about that too – it will be enough to keep your food fresh and delicious for as long as possible, and you can save a lot of money as well.ruethedayblogcom-shutterstock_276118997-56f52425bd8c1
  4. Do not open up and close your refrigerator unnecessarily. This might be a little bit hard to work on, but it must be done because if you are doing this, you are constantly letting warm air in it, and thus your fridge needs more energy to make it cool again. It is also advisable to keep only cool or cold products in the refrigerator as well (for the same reason). At the same time, do not put the refrigerator next to the various heating devices, such as an oven or radiator, because that also makes your fridge warmer and that makes the beloved fridge work hard to keep itself cool. Help him out!ruethedayblogcom-shutterstock_304167596-56f52426353f6
  5. If you have a dishwasher, wash the dishes at a lower temperature. Why? Because about 80 percent of energy is used just to warm the water alone. Save that energy and instead switch to cooler temperatures because washing dishes not at 65°C but at 30°C can save you around 50 dollars a year and that is worth doing for the environment too. Plus, do not worry about your dishes not getting washed – there are some specialized dishwashing soaps which work perfectly well at low temperatures too. If you need some advice on where to find such products – check Amazon online for a start. Also, remember to use some coupons there as well, to get the best eco-friendly products at the best prices too. Fun, isn’t it?