Saving Money and Energy at Your Kitchen
A lot of people fill up their kettles to the brim. But many are not aware that it can be a waste of electricity and money in the process. If you want to save the environment from one ton of carbon annually, you can start now by filling up your kettle with the amount of water that you only need every time.
Encourage another 14 families (15 including your family) to fill their kettles with what they actually need. A whole ton of carbon will surely be prevented from floating in the atmosphere.
Cooking needs heat that you need to conserve it in order to save money. Keep a lid on the pans used in cooking. Water boils around 6% faster with a lid on. Therefore, you save time, energy, and money while giving the environment a break.
Always keep the door closed if you’re using the oven. Modern ovens mostly have a see-through door that allows you to see what’s happening inside. Around 20% of heat from the oven is lost each time you open its door.
If you’ve been using commercial cleaning products for many years to make your kitchen clean, smooth, and smell fresh, now is the best time to stop using them. You may not be aware of it but the commercial cleaning products that you’ve been using for years are slowly causing damage to your family’s health and poisoning our water system. You can start using natural cleaning products using your own ingredients which can easily be found right inside your kitchen cabinets. We dump 32 million pounds of damaging toxins down the drains every year from commercial household and kitchen cleaning products. Think about the damage it could have to our health and to our environment.
You can make your own household cleaner by using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and etc. The good thing is that these ingredients can be found in your own kitchen. Thus, it can help you save money in the process and using natural ingredients is good for your family’s health too.
Avoid using hard plastic scrub to get the grime off the pots and pans. After a week or so, you’ll surely throw it away and buy a new one. But did you know that this isn’t’t a good idea at all? Use something permanent that would last a long time and help get the dirt easily to. Get a good old-fashioned scrubbing brush. It will last longer and can even be recycled over and over again.
If you’ve been following every instruction on a cookbook, it’s time to take a pause and don’t take all their advice as being good advice. Well they may offer good advice but not always. You do not have to always pre-heat the oven for every dish unless you’re cooking bread and pastries. Shove the dish in the oven and switch it on and set it at the right temperature.
If you dine out more often, it’s time to take a break and go for a healthier option. It also helps save you money and the environment would benefit a lot from a little less commercial cooking. Most meals that are commercially prepared not only are costly. They may also contain chemicals and ingredients. You can save about $100 per month if you dine more at home.
Also cook once and you can divide this into two meals. It’s a great way to save. If your oven has enough space for two chickens for instance, you can roast two at the same time so you could save on energy. It also saves time when you prepare your next meal.
A statistic from Bicycling Magazine shows that you could save around $2,000 per year on health costs if you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. It’s not only good for our health but it helps the environment too.
Each time your kids eat a bowl of cereal, there’s always a quarter cup of milk left. You could save up to six gallons of milk each year if the cereal and the milk are consumed at the same time. Therefore, put less milk and you’ll save money and ease up a bit on milk production.