Save Some Energy

Right folks, few more tips below to help get you well on your way to saving (energy & pounds). Simple, painless. Go!

Fridge

  • Keep fridges with rear external condensers at least 2 or 3 inches away from the wall. This helps the fridge work to cool its contents more efficiently.

  • Clean condenser coils at least twice a year. Dirt, dust and especially pet hair build-up means the fridge has to work harder!
  • Clean the door seals with mild soap at least twice a year to prevent them from drying out, cracking or splitting.
  • Limit the number of times you open the fridge and of course don’t leave it open any longer than you have to.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer moderately full. An empty appliance means it will work harder to cool the food.

Hob

  • Make sure the hob top is always really clean. Clean hobs reflect heat better and use energy more efficiently.
  • Turn off the burner 2-3 minutes before cooking is done and use the residual heat to finish the rest.
  • Use a pot or pan that fits the burner. This will help distribute the heat more effectively, using less energy and heat will not be lost into the air.

Oven

  • If you’re cooking something that takes a long time like a roast or a turkey, put it in the oven as it is heating up and turn it off a few minutes before it’s done, allowing residual heat to finish the job.
  • Pick up an extra oven shelf to take advantage of cooking two dishes at the same time, as long as they need to be cooked at similar temperatures.
  • Don’t open the oven door to check on food unless it’s absolutely necessary, so as not to let any heat escape.

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