Kitchen Savings Tips
- Use ENERGY STAR® certified products. An ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator that uses at least 20% less energy than required by current federal standards and 40% less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.
- Use the microwave instead of a conventional oven.
- Clean your refrigerator coils regularly.
- Use the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to find out exactly how much money you'll save by replacing your existing refrigerator.
- Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 15 minutes of finishing your cooking or bathing or consider installing timers.
- When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR certified low-noise model (more).
- Repair leaky faucets promptly. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time and in some cases the energy to heat it (more).
- Aerators on faucets reduce water usage and save energy by using less hot water.
- Replace aging, inefficient appliances. Even if the appliance has a few useful years left, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR certified model is generally a good investment. Especially check the age and condition of your refrigerator.
- Refrigerators with the freezer on the top are more efficient than those with freezers on the side.
- The Energy Guide label on new refrigerators tells you how much electricity in kilowatthours (kWh) a particular model uses in one year. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.
- You may not realize how many light bulbs you have in your kitchen. Replace the most frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
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