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Did you know? The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that nearly 15% of home energy usage occurs in the kitchen. But, there are easy ways to save energy with most major kitchen appliances.
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Resist the urge to open the oven to check on a dish – the temperature will be reduced up to 25 degrees, making the oven work harder and use more energy.

If you’re cooking a casserole, there’s no need to preheat your oven. If you decide you must, preheat no more than 10 minutes before baking.

Reduce cooking time and heat loss by using pans with straight sides and flat bottoms.

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Use the right size pan for your stovetop. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner wastes more than 40% of the burner’s heat. And if you’re out of open burners, don’t forget your crock pot or toaster oven.

Once a liquid starts boiling, lower the burner temperature and let it simmer. A quick boil doesn’t cook food any faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.

Use lids on your pots and pans to keep heat in and reduce cooking time.

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When it’s time to clean up, scrape dishes instead of rinsing and be sure your dishwasher is full but not overloaded.
Microwaves use up to 80% less energy than a conventional oven. If you’re heating up a small portion or leftovers, use your microwave to save energy and to avoid heating up the kitchen in the summertime.
If you haven’t already made the switch, consider upgrading to ENERGY STAR® kitchen appliances, like an oven or dishwasher. Plus, see more energy efficiency tips.
Holiday Tip

If you’re hosting family and friends over the holidays, turn down the thermostat and take advantage of all the cooking and body heat to keep your home comfortable.


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