Energy saving in the kitchen: here are 10 golden rules for saving water, electricity, gas and food in the kitchen. The efficient use of resources protects the environment and offers good economic savings.
If you're not careful, your kitchen could become a money eater! It is in the kitchen that you spend most of your time and it is always in the kitchen that the most important activities of the day take place: preparing meals, using the stove and washing the dishes. Guaranteeing you a good oneenergy saving in the kitchenyou will be able to make ends meet at the end of the month.
Energy saving in the kitchen
Here are 10 golden rules that can offer you good savings in the kitchen.
# 1. Eliminate losses
Is the sink dripping? Is the refrigerator very old or does it have bad seals? The first thing you need to do is make your kitchen as efficient as possible. Clean the hood filters, replace or repair the refrigerator, make sure the oven seals are still effective and make an economic evaluation: how old is your oven? How old is your fridge? Newly manufactured appliances are designed to consume little electricity (or little gas in the case of gas ovens).
You can cause other losses with bad habits:
- Never wash salads and vegetables in running water, use a bowl full of water.
- Finish cooking the food with the oven off, using the residual heat.
- Never put hot food in the refrigerator! Let them cool first and then transfer them (same for the freezer).
- Make sure that there is at least 10 cm distance between the fridge and the rear wall, this allows the air flow to move away faster.
#2. Management of food and food waste.
Remember to make a smart shopping list and don't go to the supermarket without the list or you will end up buying potentially useless things. It is estimated that Italian consumers waste a lot of vegetables! Try to consume all the foods you have in the fridge and arrange them in order of expiry.
Even food leftovers can be very useful for home nutrition. The mushroom stems can become broth or stuffed with ravioli, the asparagus stems can give life to velvety as well as those of artichokes. There is no room for scraps in the kitchen! For some ideas: how to reuse food scraps.
# 3. Wash the dishes
A state-of-the-art dishwasher could wash dishes using less water and less energy than you would wash them under running water. When using the dishwasher, only run it at full load.
# 4. Cooking water
The pasta cooking water can be useful for facial skin care (it is rich in starch), for irrigating plants, preparing broths and many other uses. For all information, I invite you to read the article:how to recycle pasta water.
# 5. Use of detergents and detergents
Did you know that the detergents you use in the kitchen can cause allergies, irritate the skin and mucous membranes of the respiratory tract? Already, in addition to costing you money, they also steal some of your health by contributing to that phenomenon known asdomestic pollution. Try to use cleaners as little as possible. Wash the oven, pots and stoves naturally. Leftover coffee is an excellent detergent in case of burnt food: let it act for about ten minutes before rubbing with a non-abrasive cloth.
# 6. Avoid leaving appliances on standby. Unplug when not in use, also applies to TV and microwave.
# 7. Prefer to use the microwave oven, especially when you have to heat small quantities of food. So you will be able to save gas!
# 8. Turn off the oven in advance and finish cooking the food using the residual heat. When cooking in the oven, never open the door, otherwise you risk losing precious heat that the appliance will then have to produce from scratch.
# 9. Consider using natural stone pans, they are very useful especially for long cooking dishes; natural stones slowly release heat.
# 10. Do not fill the kettle! This is a mistake that many make: when you put the water on for the pasta, add the tight amount necessary so as to consume less gas with the stove.