Six mistakes you make with your kitchen appliances that drive up your bills – how to avoid them

THE kitchen is one of the most appliance-dense rooms in any home.

Between the stove, the oven, the refrigerator, the freezer, the microwave, the dishwasher, etc., energy expenditure can accumulate over time.

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Your oven can consume energy if you do not use it correctly

However, there are many ways to reduce the energy consumption of your kitchen appliances and thus reduce your energy bill.

The average American household spends about $2,000 a year on energy, and the costs vary depending on where you live.

In some cases, you may need to change your habits a bit to save money, but other tips are as simple as pushing buttons and pulling plugs.

Avoid these common kitchen mistakes to save hundreds of energy every year.

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1. Keep devices plugged in

Many appliances around your home consume energy and increase your bill even when not in use, as long as they are plugged in.

You can’t avoid running your freezer and fridge, but there are probably a few outlets in your kitchen that you can pull.

For example, a Bunn coffee machine will consume 1.1 kilowatts of energy per day, according to at Complete coffee roasting.

That’s an extra $2 to $4 on your electricity bill per month or between $24 and $48 per year.

Things like toasters, air fryers, and blenders can add to that “vampire load” and drive up your bill a few dollars each month, even if you never turn them on.

If you leave a fan in your kitchen to reduce heat or smoke, make sure it’s turned off and unplugged when you’re not cooking either.

2. Leaving the oven on too long

You should turn off the oven a few minutes before your food is ready and let the remaining heat in the oven finish cooking the meal.

Either way, the device will take a while to cool down, and that extra heat will be wasted.

In most cases, you can also get away with not preheating your oven before putting the food in.

Most ovens heat up quickly these days, so you’re probably wasting excess energy.

3. Using the oven too much

Although using the oven is the most conventional way of cooking, it is also one of the least energy efficient.

Besides skipping a little preheating and turning the oven off sooner, you can save a lot by choosing to use a microwave, toaster oven, or air fryer whenever possible.

CBS estimated that a typical air fryer is 50% more energy efficient than an electric range and 35% better than a gas oven.

Microwaves similarly consume 60% of the energy consumed by an average oven, according to CBS.

4. Not altering your dishwasher cycle

An average dishwasher uses about 200 to 800 kWh of electricity per year, which equates to a cost between $2 and $8 per month.

You can reduce the amount you pay each year by simply switching your washer to eco mode.

Eco mode is a setting that uses less water to wash your dishes while achieving a satisfactory threshold for residue removal.

Most dishwashers have an eco button that you can press before running the machine to save money.

Eco mode uses about one-third the energy in kWh compared to standard mode, which means you can save up to $32 per year by selecting this option.

5. Maintain an old fridge

Although you may have to shell out money to buy new equipment, older models tend to be much less energy efficient.

When it comes to refrigerators, in particular, you can save considerable money if you replace an obsolete model.

For example, the National Resource Defense Council said you could save $100 a year by replacing a refrigerator made in 1980 with a newer Energy Star model.

Plus, the environmental advocacy group says you could save $110 a year by replacing a pre-1994 washing machine with an Energy Star brand.

6. Mismanagement of the cooker

Energy costs vary depending on your state, but the average electric stove is much more expensive to run than a gas stove.

Wisconsin-based energy company MGE estimated that using a gas stove costs about $2.34 a month, while electric ovens cost $5.94.

Changing stoves isn’t necessarily a cost-effective option unless your current stove is out of order, but there are ways to save money no matter what type of stove you have.

For example, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right size pots and pans.

According Star Energy.

In addition to cooking with the correct size pans, keeping your stove clean will also reduce your energy bill, as burner efficiency can be significantly reduced when burner pans are blackened due to heavy use.

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The Sun also explained which devices around your home use the most energy.

And in addition to the kitchen, find out about the most expensive bedroom appliances.

Karl M. Bailey