Today’s post is brought to you by Assistant Chef, Bridget Sandorford. Bridget shares how you can go green in your kitchen, reduce energy costs and save some green too!
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There are numerous ways you can save money when cooking meals for your family, whether it be buying bulk foods or whipping up cheap yet delicious meals for you and your children to enjoy. But if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen you may or may not be aware of the fact that the different appliances you use could be wasting high amounts of energy that could raise the cost of your monthly electricity bill as well.
If you’re sick and tired of putting a large portion of your paycheck into your energy bill, or if you’re researching into how you and your family can become more environmentally friendly, here are five different ways you can green your kitchen and save some green at the same time:
Believe it or not hand washing your dishes actually wastes a lot more water than using a dishwasher, especially if you leave the water running while you wash or dry your dishes. If you can, try to run your dishwasher once every few days and turn off the heat-drying option to help save energy.
2. Light bulbs
Compact fluorescent bulbs (or CFLs) last ten times longer than regular light bulbs, and are generally more environmentally friendly as well. Light emitting diodes (or LEDs) are also another smart option, however they tend to be quite expensive.
3. Kitchen cleaners
Try to avoid using commercial cleaners that can not only be damaging to the environment but to your children’s health as well. One of the best ways around this is to purchase non-toxic organic sprays to clean your kitchen, but if you don’t feel like shelling out the extra money then basic soap and dishwasher detergent can be just as effective at cleaning your counters, stove and much more.
4. Pots and pans
If you’re cooking on a stovetop, then make sure the size of your pan matches the burner size, and try to use flat-bottom cookware that is made from copper or cast iron.
When using your oven to cook, try not to “over pre-heat” your oven and keep the door shut as much as possible. Also, try to bake with ceramic, glass or cast iron as they tend to retain more heat.
Bio: Aside from school and working part-time as an Assistant Chef, Bridget Sandorford is the resident Culinary Schools blogger where recently she’s been researching pastry & bakery training programs as well as culinary colleges in Colorado. Her passion for food has followed her research into many different areas, such as nutrition, fitness, organic foods, gardening, and cooking on a budget. She lives outside of Charleston, South Carolina.