8 Ways to Go 'Green' in Your Kitchen
How can you create a more environmentally friendly kitchen?
2. Cook Smart continued...
When you do use the stove top, think about exactly what food you'll be
cooking, use the smallest pot or pan to do the job, and match the pan size to
the burner size.
And you know how when you boil pasta, you can see the steam coming up from
the pot? That means heat is escaping. Cooking without lids can use up to three
times more energy, according to the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. So
keep a lid on it; as a bonus, your food will be ready more quickly.
There are also a couple of foods that can finish cooking by themselves. For
example, bring a saucepan of water and ears of corn to a rolling boil (with the
lid on). After one minute, turn off the stove and let the corn continue cooking
in the hot water for about 10 minutes.
You can do the same for a casserole with a cheese topping. Instead of
pulling it out of the oven, sprinkling with cheese and then baking for 10 more
minutes, just turn off the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the top, and place it
back in the still-warm oven for 10 minutes.
Speaking of the oven, you really don't need to preheat it if you're broiling
or roasting, or if you're baking something for a long time, according to the
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. When you do need to preheat, try to
minimize the time. If you know it takes 10 minutes to preheat your oven to 350
degrees, turn the oven on just 10 minutes before your dish will be ready to
3. Don't Be Fridge Foolish
Don't browse in front of the refrigerator. Keeping the door open for long
periods wastes energy.
Also, make sure your fridge door closes securely. To test the rubber-like
seal around the door, just close the door on a dollar bill, and then see how
easy it is to pull out. If you get your dollar back easily, your refrigerator
door is probably leaking cold air. See about getting the seal repaired or
Is there an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage? Older appliances can
be real energy hogs. Think about exactly how much extra fridge or freezer space
you need, and get an energy- efficient model that fits your needs. And maybe
you don't really need that extra fridge space. Keep in mind that running one
large refrigerator is usually more energy-efficient than running two smaller