In your kitchen

When you think about all the things that need to be heated, cooled and washed in the kitchen, it’s easy to see how you can use so much power in there. But it’s just as easy to make small changes to help save power and the environment.

Don’t leave the refrigerator door open.

Cold air escapes and this uses more electricity.

Use your electric kettle instead of the electric stove to boil water.

Always fill jugs and kettles from the cold tap and only use the amount of water you need.

Wait until the dishwasher is full before you run it.

You don’t need to rinse the dishes first, just scrape the leftovers into the compost or garbage bin.

Use your dishwasher’s economy cycle if it has one.

You can also turn it off before the drying cycle, open the door and let the dishes air-dry.

Use a cold water connection for the dishwasher.

The machine will heat the water for the wash cycle and use cold water to rinse.

Use the microwave whenever you want to cook and reheat.

Electric ovens use about two-thirds more power than microwaves.

Unplug the microwave from the wall when you’re not using it.

Microwaves with digital displays can use much more power over a year in standby than in actual use. See Vampires to find out about standby power.

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