When thinking about being eco-friendly one might think that “going green” typically means “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” Making an environmental impact is more than solar panels and hybrid vehicles. Going green can be as easy and as simple as the food you purchase and how it is cooked. Who would have thought that the way food is cooked and stored can save energy?! Here are a few easy ways that you can “cook” eco-friendly and save energy.
Eco-Friendly Cooking Tips:
- Cover pans when cooking.
According to The Greenists, covering pans reduces cooking time (due to the compressed heat) and will also help reduce your energy bill.
- Grill food when you can.
Grilling food on an outdoor grill saves energy due to:
- Not using gas fumes in your household
- This also helps keep house cool to heat emitting from a stove if used.
- Eco-friendly gadgets reduce time and energy costs. An example of using eco-friendly gadgets is making bread. Buying a bread maker instead of using the oven cuts down the energy costs and saves you time.
- Use faucet aerators.
This helps a homes overall water consumption and can help decrease the price of a water bill.
“An aerator is usually a simple, mesh screen made of metal or plastic that is attached to the end of a faucet with some sort of housing. As water flows through this screen it is divided into many small streams with air in between. This allows for the feeling of high pressure with less actual water consumption.” -Plumbing Supply
- Cutting food into smaller pieces. By cutting food into smaller pieces such as vegetables and meat you are enabling a faster cooking time for the food. In doing so you are saving yourself time and saving yourself money in the costs of energy bills.
These are all small little actions that add up in the long run. In the end you will be able to save money on energy bills and provide yourself an eco-friendly kitchen. Going green starts simple and sustainability starts with you.