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By cooking meals at home, you get to save money. And when you use your kitchen appliances properly, you can save energy as well. Here are ways you can cut your electric bills:
Be energy-aware. Keep the lid on the pot. Use less water when cooking eggs and vegetables. Use a pressure cooker. Don’t preheat the oven. If you have an electric stove, switch off the hotplates and the oven sooner, and let the food finish cooking free of charge.
Get rid of energy-guzzlers – and check power consumption of any new appliances before you buy them. Old refrigerators are very inefficient and they stay on all the time. Buy only energy-efficient appliances.
Put your refrigerator in a cool place, secured with 60 in drawer slides, not near the stove or near the heat of the sun. Make sure its seals are intact and ventilation grills dust-free.
Never heat water on a hotplate. Electric kettles are more efficient, but heating water on a gas ring is even more efficient. Heating water consumes a lot of energy, so don’t heat more than what you need.
Unplug the coffee maker after use. Transfer extra coffee into a thermos instead of continuously heating it on the coffee maker.