Kitchen Appliance Tips

Cook up some energy savings with these helpful tips.



  • Check refrigerator and freezer door seals by placing a dollar bill in the door as you close it. If the dollar bill does not hold firmly, the seal should be replaced.
  • Don’t open and close your refrigerator or freezer door more often than necessary.
  • When cooking, match the pan size to the element size on your cooking range.
  • Cover pots and pans while cooking.
  • Use glass or ceramic containers for cooking in ovens.
  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean.
  • Turn off cooking elements or surface units on your electric range several minutes before completing the required cooking time. The heating element and surface unit will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking.
  • Turn off the oven five to ten minutes before completing the required cooking time and let the trapped heat finish the cooking.
  • When possible, cook two or more items at one time in the oven.
  • When using your oven, use a timer rather than repeatedly opening the oven door to check food.
  • Use small electric cooking appliances for small meals rather than the range or oven.
  • Don’t preheat the oven unless required, and then for no more than ten minutes.
  • Thaw frozen foods before cooking.
  • When possible, use a microwave oven.
  • Let food cool before putting it in the refrigerator.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
  • Use cold water when cleaning and scraping dishes.
  • Install an aerator on your kitchen faucet.