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 DYI: Kitchen


Kitchen lighting is some of the most important in the home. ENERGY STAR-qualified models are now available in cabinet-mounted, ceiling-mounted and recessed can styles.
Range Hood
Savings Potential: $60 over life of fan
  • High performance ENERGY STAR-qualified kitchen range hoods help control moisture and remove cooking odors.
  • They also use 60 percent less energy than standard models, saving more than $60 in electricity costs over the life of the fan.
During the summer, use your microwave, toaster oven or grill for cooking whenever possible to avoid heating up your home with the oven.
Electric range
Save up to $36 annually by using the right sized pot on stove burners.
  • A  pot on an burner wastes over 40 percent of the heat generated for cooking.

Gas range
Keep burners clean to ensure maximum efficiencies.

  • Blue flames mean good combustion; yellow flames mean service may be required to make sure gas is burning efficiently.
Always run your dishwasher with a full load.
  • Use the "air dry" or "no heat" option if available to reduce electricity use.
  • Scrape, don't rinse, food off dishes to save water.
  • According to ENERGY STAR, rinsing dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water before the dishes are even loaded.  
Kitchen Sink
Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water over the course of a year, which translates to about $35 dollars in electricity or in natural gas.
  • Install a faucet aerator on the kitchen faucet to conserve water.
  • A 1.5 gallon per minute (GPM) kitchen faucet aerator can help save 76,665 gallons of water in a year.
  • It will also save $59 per year in heating costs if you have a gas water heater and $82 per year for an electric water heater.
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 Refrigerator and Freezer

Saving energy in the kitchen starts with the refrigerator. Refrigerators manufactured before 1993 use approximately twice the amount of energy as a new model.
One of today's ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb that is burning continuously!
  • Ensure door seals/gaskets are tight enough to firmly hold a dollar bill when closed.
  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 36 degreesF and 40 degreesF.
  • Set the freezer temperature to 5 degreesF.
  • Prevent sunlight from heating up the unit by drawing blinds or shades.
  • Let hot foods cool down a bit before storing them in the refrigerator.
  • Keeping your refrigerator full actually helps increase energy efficiency because there is less air to cool when space is taken up.
  • If your freezer is not a self-defrost model, manually defrost it on a regular basis.
  • If you keep a second refrigerator or freezer in the house or garage for occasional use unplug it. Doing so could save you between $300 and $700 over a five-year period.
Be sure to properly dispose of your old inefficient refrigerator when purchasing a new ENERGY STAR qualified model.
Arrange for your old refrigerator to be picked up for recycling to recover the steel and other materials required to be recovered such as refrigerant and oil.
For more information on saving energy see the Dept. of Energy Guide to Kitchen Appliances.
This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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