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Saving Energy Room By Room: The Kitchen

Install high-efficiency LED light bulbs. LEDs are up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also last much longer and are more durable.
Cook or reheat small portions in the microwave. You'll use up to 80 percent less energy by using your microwave for heating small portions.
Cover pots and pans. Covering pots and pans helps food cook more efficiently while keeping your kitchen cooler and more comfortable.
Match the size of the pot to the burner. The burner should be heating the food, not the kitchen. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner, for example, wastes more than 40 percent of the burner's heat.
Keep fridge temperatures between 35-38°F. Setting the right temperature will set you up for savings. A refrigerator that is 10 degrees colder than necessary can use 25 percent more energy.
Run your dishwasher with a full load. Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher; it will save energy and water. Also, be sure to scrape, not rinse, dishes before loading them.
Fix leaky faucets. Faucet leaks waste water and energy. Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second can send more than 1,600 gallons a year down the drain – and waste up to $35 on your energy bills.
If your kitchen appliances are older or in need of repair, replace them with ENERGY STAR® rated models. They use less energy than standard appliances. And, consider switching to natural gas for cooking and water heating. Visit or call 850-436-5050 to learn how you can earn up to $3,000 in rebates by switching to natural gas.
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