Monday, June 16, 2014

Sustainability tips in the kitchen

Here's some useful tips on how to improve energy efficiency in your kitchen. I saw these tips in a recent Ikea magazine, so I am sharing it here in case you missed them!
  • Buy a good energy efficient fridge - The fridge and freezer are never turned off. So invest in an energy-efficient one is a great investment that will save you money over time.
  • Position your fridge wisely - Place a fridge or freezer away from your oven, since they use more energy to cool when they're close to a heated area.
  • Use fan ovens - Fan ovens lets you save even more by multitasking, cooking several layers of food at once.
  • Induction hobs - Induction hobs are faster and more energy efficient as it only heats the area needed.
  • Use a boiling/ steam insert - Using a boiling/steaming insert lets you save time, energy and even space  on your stove.
  • Use a lid - Using a lid lets water boil up to 75% faster, saving both time and energy.
  • Save rinsing water for plants - The water you used to wash uncooked rice, boiling eggs, or rinse fruits, and vegetables may be saved to be used for washing the toilets or watering plants.
  • Remove fruits and vegetable right away - Remove fruits and vegetables from their packaging as soon as you get home from the store will prevent condensation that can make them rot and go mouldy faster.
Source: Ikea Family news mag - June 2014 Singapore Edition

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