Hot water is critical to cooking, cleaning, and sanitizing in the kitchen. With a tankless water heater, you receive all the hot water you need in this all-important room and save energy since the unit only heats water when you need it.
By making several easy and eco-friendly adjustments to your kitchen practices, you add to tankless energy savings and become a greener citizen. These methods will help ensure the kitchen is the center of your home, not a gluttonous zone consuming more energy than necessary.
1. Run your dishwasher only when it’s at capacity. An energy-efficient dishwasher will actually save more water than washing dishes by hand in the sink.
2. Filter tap water instead of buying bottled water. Vast amounts of energy go into the production, packaging, and distribution of water. Use a filtering device or purifying pitcher and collect your water for refrigerating in reusable bottles.
3. Reduce your refrigerator compressor running by opening for only quick periods. Make sure all door seals fit tightly, replacing when necessary.
4. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo and select a model with demonstrated longevity when purchasing any major appliance. Americans using its certified products saved the equivalent of 23 million cars’ emissions in 2005 alone. Find take-back programs available for how to properly get rid of – and when to recycle – stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers that are past their prime.
5. Turn oven on and put in food right away, then turn it off five or so minutes early, allowing the dish to finish cooking in the trapped heat. Many newer ovens quickly heat to selected temperatures, making preheating a bygone step when cooking most items (unless it’s a tricky, more time-sensitive recipe). Cook multiple dishes at the same time whenever possible.
6. Buy local. Bring the farm closer to your table. It takes less fossil fuel to distribute food products across your state or region than across the country. Cook with fresh ingredients, using mostly foods in season whenever possible, and avoid pre-prepared frozen foods and those with superfluous packaging.
7. Go paperless. Use long-lasting cloth towels to cut paper usage and waste in landfills.
8. Use a pressure cooker to save yet more energy and reduce cooking time. Better yet: Go heatless! Eat more dishes that require less cooking like salads and soups served chilled. Occasionally try a raw food diet regimen, an increasingly popular and heart-healthy movement.
9. Replace petrochemical-based dishwashing liquids and detergents with biodegradable, plant-based formulas from natural cleaning companies. You can always create your own cleaning agents with basic ingredients found around your home, such as vinegar and baking soda, that combine to create effective, non-toxic, multi-purpose alternatives.