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In the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most energy-intensive rooms in the home. By cutting down energy use, choosing smart appliances and saving water, you can reduce your environmental impact.

Kitchen

  • Thaw frozen foods on the bottom shelf of the fridge before cooking, they will take less time to cook.
  • Boil water in the kettle rather than the stove. Only boil the water you need, don't overfill your kettle.
  • Use the smallest amount of water needed in pots and use the lid when boiling water on the stove.
  • Cooking in a microwave is more energy efficient than using an oven.
  • Rinse fruit and veggies in a plastic container in the sink instead of running the tap. You can use the water on your garden afterwards.
  • Fill the sink to wash your dishes instead of leaving the hot tap running.
  • Leaking taps are costing you money. Report leaking taps immediately to your housing provider.

Fridges

When buying a new fridge or kitchen appliance, check the energy rating and buy the most energy efficient one you can afford. New fridges with a high star rating can cost as little as $50 per year to operate compared to $190 per year for older refrigerators.

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  • Fridges operate best away from sunlight and ovens.
  • Check the seals on your fridge to prevent cold air from leaking out.
  • Regularly defrost your freezer to help it run more efficiently.
  • Set the temperature on your fridge between 3° to 5°C and freezers -15° to -18°C.
  • Leave a gap at the back of the fridge to allow air to circulate behind it.
  • Don't use a second fridge. If you really need a second fridge, turn it off when you aren't using it.
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