Saving Energy in the kitchen - while cooking
ü Keep burners clean and adjusted for efficient combustion. Gas flames should be blue.
ü Fit the pan to the burner size as a small pot on a big burner wastes heat. Never let the flame extend beyond the bottom of the pan.
ü Be sure all burners are off when not in use.
ü Consider replacing your old gas range. New models have a pilot-less ignition system that uses up to 40% less gas.
ü Bring food to a boil, then reduce heat and continue cooking.
ü Whenever practical, keep pots and pans tightly covered while cooking.
ü When practical, thaw food before cooking.
Saving Energy with your water heater
Your water heater works 24 hours a day to maintain a constant temperature. It can account for as much as 40% of your utility cost. So heating water efficiently and using it wisely can add up to big saving on your monthly energy bill. A combination of the conservation tips below can save you more than 20% on the water-heating portion of your bill.
ü Don’t use the “hot” setting on your gas water heater thermostat. Turning it down to “warm” (about 120° F) can reduce gas consumption by up to 8%.
ü Replace your old gas water heater with a newer model and you are likely to reduce gas usage by 20%.
ü Repair water leaks promptly. A pinhole leak can waste more than 429 gallons of hot water each month.
ü Insulate your water heater tank and pipes. Just 1-1/2 inches of extra insulation reduces heat loss and can cut gas energy use by 8%.
ü Flush water from the bottom drain of the water heater at required frequency to remove sediment. Follow manufacturer’s instructions or contact a licensed plumbing contractor for assistance.
ü Don’t let hot water run unnecessarily.
ü Save up to 40% when you switch your electric water heater to a gas water heater.