Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010 | Author:

One easy way to save on your energy bill each month is to educate yourself about using your appliances more efficiently.  Whether you use IDT Energy or another provider, you can save by becoming more careful in your appliance use.

When using your stove top, make sure to use pots that match the stovetop’s elements in terms of size.  In addition, make sure that your lids match your pots and that they fit snugly together.  Keep the lids on while you are cooking to save as much as 20% of the energy.  Boil water with an electric kettle and only boil what you actually need.

With the oven, make sure to use the self-cleaning feature on the oven right after you’ve cooked because it will use less electricity.  Only preheat for a brief amount of time – it’s only really necessary for baking and it takes up a lot of energy. Use the oven window, rather than opening the oven, to check if food is cooking.  When you open the door, it actually releases at least 20% of the heat.

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