Save Energy

Power Bandit

Power Bandit

Tracker Training

House Entry

Ceiling and Floors

The Kitchen

The Energy Guide

The Bathroom

The Laundry Room

Other Rooms

Conserving Energy


The Environment

The Environment

Energy All Around

Where Does Garbage Go?





Location: Kitchen
Mission:  Reduce energy waste with appliances; reduce water waste.

The Dishwasher

The best way to save energy with the dishwasher is to wash full loads. When you finish a meal, wipe the dish clean and store the dirty dish in the dishwasher until it is full, then run the dishwasher with a full load of dishes.

Use the "short cycle" setting if your dishwasher has one.

When possible, run the diswasher at night. The extra heat generated while the unit is running will make the air conditioner run longer, which uses more electricity. At night, it is naturally cooler, which means the air conditioner will not need to work as hard to keep the house cool. In winter, the extra heat from the dishwasher will help warm the house.

The dishwasher uses energy in two ways: 1-It requires electricity to run the unit. 2-It takes energy to heat the water that is used by the dishwasher.

The Oven & Stove

Don't open the oven door more often than necessary to check the food. Opening the door allows heat to escape, which makes the oven and your air conditioner work harder.

Cook many items at one time in the oven. If you know you'll be cooking something in the oven for lunch and something for dinner, cook them both at the same time and you won't have to use the oven at night.

Reheat foods in the microwave and cook more in the microwave. Cooking in the microwave will not heat up the kitchen like the oven does.

Use glass cookware in the oven. Glass retains heat more than metal pans, thereby cooking your food more quickly.

Click the picture to close the door and stop letting heat out!

  On the stovetop, don't put small pots on big eyes. If the eye of the stove is bigger than the bottom of the pot, energy is being wasted.

When boiling water, always cover the pot to make the water boil faster.

Use smaller appliances when possible. For example, make toast in the toaster or toaster oven instead of the full-size oven and save up to two-thirds of the energy!

Don't line the oven racks with foil. Heat circulates within the oven when you cook. Lining the racks keeps the heat from circulating around the food.

During warm months, use the oven as little as possible. Cook outdoors on the grill and cook in the microwave as much as possible. This will keep the oven from heating up the house and making the air conditioner work harder.


The Refrigerator

Check the seals on the refrigerator and freezer doors to make sure no cool air is escaping.

Use the "energy efficient" setting on your refrigerator.

Clean the refrigerator coils twice each year.

Make sure the temperature settings are correct for your refrigerator and freezer. The freezer should be 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit. The refrigerator should be about 40 degrees. Try this test on your refrigerator to determine the temperature. Try the "Ice Cream Test" on your freezer.

Keep the refrigerator away from heat sources. This includes the oven, heater vents and direct sunlight.

Unplug and get rid of old refrigerators that are stored in the garage or basement. Older model refrigerators can use up to three times as much elecricity as newer models!

The Dollar Bill Test

The Dollar Bill Test will help determine if the seals on the refrigerator door need replacing. Take a regular dollar bill and shut it in the refrigerator door with about half of it sticking out. Pull the bill out of the door while the door is closed. If the bill pulls out easily, air may be escaping, which means you should replace the seal on the refrigerator.

The Ice Cream Test

The ice cream test is the yummiest way to find out if your freezer setting is too low. To perform this test, just put some ice cream in the freezer. The next day scoop up a bowl of ice cream. If the ice cream is hard as a rock and hard to scoop out, the freezer setting is too low and should be adjusted to be a little less cold.





Copyright 2011