Tips for Saving Power in the Kitchen

  1. Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it.
  2. Switch off all appliances at the wall when not in use, including the microwave.
  3. Thaw food in the fridge the night before it’s needed to avoid using energy to defrost.
  4. Check the seals on your fridge doors. If you can slip a $5 note between the fridge and the door, you should replace your seals.
  5. Remove dust from the back of the fridge. Give the condenser coil a quick vacuum to remove any dust build-up.
  6. Keep your fridge and freezer at the optimal temperature. For fridges it’s between 3° & 5°C, and freezers should be around -18°c.
  7. Defrost your freezer. If the ice in your freezer is thicker than 5mm, defrosting it can improve energy efficiency.
  8. Don’t under-fill or overfill your fridge or freezer. Find the right balance. Cooling sparse shelves is not energy efficient, but over crowded shelves will take more energy to cool.
  9. Switch off the beer fridge. Having a second fridge can cost as much as $230 a year.
  10. Thaw frozen food in the fridge not the microwave. It might take a bit longer, but it’s more energy efficient.
  11. Clean your dishwasher filter regularly. Your dishwasher cleans dishes, not itself, cleaning the filter will make it run better.
  12. Use a cold water connection for your dishwasher. This will save on water heating costs.
  13. Clean all your dirty dishes at the same time. Running your dishwasher with a full load is the most energy efficient way to use it.
  14. Choose the right pots and pans. Use pots and pans with tight fitting lids and flat bases that cover the entire hotplate to minimise energy loss.
  15. Fire up the barbie once a week. Give your electric appliances a break and use your barbecue one night a week.
  16. Only fill your kettle with the amount of water you need. The water you don’t use will just get cold and need to be heated again.
  17. Consider upgrading really old appliances. Old fridges and dishwashers are not generally as energy efficient as newer models. Check energy star ratings before buying new appliances.House Energy Tips