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Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips

  • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water. Placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
  • If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic electronic ignition system. An electronic ignition saves natural gas because the pilot light is not burning continuously.
  • In natural gas appliances, look for a blue flame. A yellow flame indicates that the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility service person.
  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean. They reflect the heat more efficiently, and you’ll save energy.
  • Use a kettle or a covered pan to boil water. It’s faster and it uses less energy.
  • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
  • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  • Use a pressure cooker and microwave oven whenever it’s convenient to do so. They save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.