Aside from lowering your utility bills, having an energy-efficient home is a great way to add value. Prospective buyers may be more attracted to homes that need little to no upgrading. A great place to start is with your kitchen. It’s one of the busiest rooms in your home, and arguably the one that utilizes the most electricity.
Below is a list of areas to focus on to ensure that you have an energy efficient kitchen.
The U.S Energy Information Administration states that refrigerators are responsible for 7 percent of your home’s energy use. It’s also one of the biggest offenders for wasted energy. Having an Energy-Star certified refrigerator is a great way to make sure that your appliance isn’t wasting energy (the Energy Star website states that a refrigerator that’s more than 10 years old could cost owners upwards of $110 a year extra to operate.)
Another tip: keeps lots of food in your refrigerator will help your refrigerator operate at the optimal temperature. The more space that’s in your fridge, the more space that needs to be cooled. Also, let food get to room temperature before you put it in your refrigerator. The excess heat from your leftovers causes the refrigerator to work harder to bring the temperature down.
If you’re doing a lot of entertaining at the lake this summer, consider keeping a cooler on your deck with plenty of ice-cold drinks for your guests to enjoy. That way they don’t have to continuously open and close your refrigerator.
When it comes to keeping your oven and stove from wasting energy, it pays to be prepared. That means not turning on too many burners or opening the oven door a dozen times to check on your roasted veggies. One of the greatest perks of living at the lake: firing up the grill and relaxing by the water! Utilize your grill as much as you can to save on energy costs, while also enjoying the great Smith Mountain Lake outdoors.
Dishes and Small Appliances
Now that you’ve prepared this incredible meal for you and your guests, the sobering aftermath of cleaning up has set in. If you have a dishwasher, consider hand-drying your dishes once the cycle has completed to save energy from the drying cycle.
As for smaller appliances like Keurigs, air fryers, and Instant Pots, consider unplugging them if they are not in use…especially if you are only in your property during specific seasons.
Source: Lake Home Tips: Keeping Your Kitchen Energy Efficient, Lakehomes.com