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Home cooking is a great way to make healthy and flavorful meals, but it can really add to your energy bills. The following simple tips are your recipe for a more energy-efficient kitchen:
A well-maintained oven cooks more efficiently. Make sure your oven and range-top remain clean at all times.
Slow cookers, electric skillets and toaster ovens are great for heating leftovers, and use much less energy than conventional ovens and range tops. Microwave ovens also use 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens. To save energy, reheat food in the microwave instead of on the range top or in the oven.
Looking for new appliances? Purchase ENERGY STAR® certified models. They use less energy than standard products.
Newer dishwashers clean heavily soiled dishes to a shine, eliminating the need for pre-rinsing. If you must pre-rinse, use cold water. If your dishwasher has a booster heater, set the temperature of your hot water heater to 120°F. More energy-saving tips follow:
To reduce costs and help the environment, make energy-efficient cooking part of your daily routine.
Explore how Kentucky Power can help your home, business and community by visiting our website. Energy-saving options for both residential and commercial customers are posted at kentuckypower.com/save/, while economic development opportunities are posted at www.kentuckypower.com/development/.
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