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Saving Energy Room By Room: The Kitchen

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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.
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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.
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Cover pots and pans. Covering pots and pans helps food cook more efficiently while keeping your kitchen cooler and more comfortable.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 pensacolaenergy.com 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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