Being environmentally conscious has become increasingly popular in recent years. Thanks to an abundance of information about the environment and global warming, we are trying, now more than ever to cut back on things that will help to reduce our carbon footprint. Cutting back on energy consumption is just one of those things. With appliances accounting for up 12% of energy consumption in Canadian households, buying ENERGYSTAR® certified appliances can have a huge impact on greenhouse gasses. Here are some tips you can use to increase the efficiency of your appliances and boost their energy saving power.
Unfortunately, cooking appliances in Canada only meet the minimum energy performance requirements. According to the Natural Resources Canada website, current technology will not allow for these appliances to be any more energy efficient than they currently are. There are however, things you can do to conserve energy where possible when using these appliances.
Place pots on an appropriately sized burner. Heat is lost and energy is wasted if the burner size is larger than the pot size. For example, a 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat.
Avoid opening the oven door when in use. Each time the door is opened, about 20% of the heat inside is lost.
With a gas range, keep the burners clean to ensure maximum efficiency. You’ll want to see blue flames; yellow flames mean the gas is not burning as efficiently as it could.