Going green doesn’t always have to involve a huge time and money investment. Here are 9 simple things you can start doing in your kitchen to save energy and help lower your utility bills:
- Start a garden. Whether you opt for a full-out vegetable garden or a small window of fresh herbs, the taste of freshness will be unmistakable!
- Shop locally! Visit local farmers markets or choose locally produced produce whenever possible.
- Bring your own bags when you visit the grocery store. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Save time and energy by cooking a double portion and setting half aside in the freezer for a quick meal at a later date.
- Get energized and leave the appliances alone. Whenever possible, mix and beat ingredients by hand, cook multiple items at the same time, and avoid washing dishes unnecessarily. Use energy-efficient appliances such as the slow cooker or toaster oven, which can use up to 30% less energy. Be aware of energy wasters such as excessive pre-heating or simmering.
- Ditch the wraps (such as saran wrap or foil) and make the switch to reusable containers for lunches and leftovers.
- Put a lid on it! Did you know that cooking with lids could save up to three times the energy? Keep all that steam inside the pot for a more energy- efficient (and faster!) meal.
- Go fresh—say goodbye to excessively packaged foods, which are often produced using processes that are harmful to the environment. Cooking meals from scratch using fresh ingredients is not only healthier, it’s often less expensive and better for the environment.
- Decide what you are looking for before you open the fridge, and never keep the door open longer than absolutely necessary.
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