There are a number of ways that you can reduce energy use in the kitchen and save money on your heating bills.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following tips:
- When purchasing or replacing a natural gas oven or range, look for an automatic, electric ignition system. This saves gas since a pilot light is not continuously burning.
- Look for blue flames in natural gas appliances. Yellow flames indicate the gas is burning insufficiently and the manufacturer or a local utility should be consulted.
- Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean because food and grease spills or buildup can cause the flame to burn inefficiently.
- When cooking, match the size of the pan to the heating element.
- If cooking small meals, cut energy use by one-third to one-half by using a toaster or convection oven and/or small electric pans instead of the oven or range.
- Place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position if using small amounts of water. If in the hot position, it will draw hot water, even though it may never reach the faucet.