From appliances and lighting to home sealing, there are several areas to improve the energy efficiency of your kitchen and save on energy bills.
- Install Energy Star-qualified light fixtures or replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, that have earned the Energy Star.
- Kitchen fixtures are some of the most used light fixtures in a home. Energy Star-qualified lighting fixtures are available in popular styles — cabinet-mounted, ceiling-mounted, and recessed can models — that may be just right for your kitchen. Energy Star-qualified lighting provides bright, warm light while using 75 percent less energy, generating 70 percent less heat and lasting up to 10 times longer than standard lighting.
- Make sure all air registers or floor vents are clear of furniture so that the air can circulate freely. If your home has radiators, place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls. In the winter, this will help heat the room instead of the wall.
- Using the right sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range, or $18 for gas. Covering pots and pans also helps you cook more efficiently and keeps your kitchen cooler.
- Have a gas range? Keep the burners clean to ensure maximum efficiency. Blue flames mean good combustion; yellow flames mean service may be needed to ensure the gas is burning efficiently.
- During the winter months, replace your screens with storm windows to provide an extra barrier to the cold outside air. Caulk and weather-strip around windows and door frames that leak air. If replacing windows, choose Energy Star-qualified models designed for your area, and save $20 to $95 per year in energy costs. With proper installation to ensure all gaps are sealed around them, Energy Star-qualified windows can help improve your comfort, cut drafts, and reduce fading of interior furnishings.