More Energy Saving Tips for Your Salem OR Home

Posted By David Whitton @ Sep 22nd 2010 11:34am In: Salem Oregon Home Ownership

Making energy saving changes in the kitchen of your Salem OR home is really easy. Consider these simple cooking tips.

Energy Saving Cookware:

1. Match the pan size to the size of the element on your electric cook-top. Make sure the pan covers the burner without going more than an inch beyond it. If you use a burner that is larger than the pan, you are paying to heat not just the pan but the air over the uncovered part of the burner.

green home2. Clean those metal burner pans under the burners so they are bright and shiny. They'll reflect the heat better back up to the pan. Cover your pots when you can. The water will boil faster. That's physics.

3. Use the least amount of water you can get away with. It will take less time and energy to bring it to a boil. Use the lowest possible heat setting to keep the water boiling, steaming, simmering, or whatever your recipe calls for.

4. If you have an electric cook-top in your Salem OR home, turn the burner off right before you finish cooking. Make use of the heat the burner continues to give off as it cools down.

More Energy Savers:

1. The flame on your gas burner should be blue. A yellow flame means the gas is not burning efficiently. Call the gas company to check it.

2. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator before cooking. None of that "just run it under warm water until its ready." That wastes hot water. .

3. Preheat the oven in your Salem OR home the minimum amount of time. In fact, while breads and pastries need a preheated oven other foods may not.

4. Turn on the oven light and look through the window in the door instead of opening the door to check if the food is done. Every time you open that door it takes the food longer to finish and you waste heat that the oven worked hard to make. For the same reason, don't peak under the lids on the stove-top.

5. Don't put foil on the racks or block the flow of air in your oven any other way. To keep that air flowing, stagger pans on the upper and lower racks if you are using more than one pan at a time.

6.. Don't overcook food. Set a timer. Use a meat thermometer.

7. If you are going to use the self-cleaning feature on your oven (and do you really need to?), start the feature right after you've cooked something so the oven starts out already hot. Remember not to use it more than once a month (less if possible). Be sure your ventilation fan is on when cleaning the oven.

8. The microwave in your Salem OR home will work more efficiently if the inside surfaces are clean.

9. It doesn't take as much energy to reheat food as it does to cook it the first time--particularly if you reheat in the microwave or toaster oven. So cook big portions that give you leftovers you can keep in the fridge or freezer.

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