Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
• Place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position draws hot water even though it may never reach the faucet.
• Look for a natural gas oven or range with an automatic, electric ignition system, which saves gas since a pilot light is not burning continuously.
• Look for blue flames in natural gas appliances; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. If you see yellow flames, consult the manufacturer or your local utility.
• Keep range-top burners and reflec-tors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
• Use a covered kettle or pan or electric kettle to boil water; it’s faster and uses less energy.
• Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
• Use small electric pans, toaster ovens, or convection ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.