Five ways to use less energy in the kitchen

At Canadian Geographic Education, we have been very impressed with students’ creativity and enthusiasm as they do what they can to reduce their carbon footprints.

Take the One Hour No Power challenge, for example. So far 54 classrooms have completed the challenge. That’s a total of more than two days without power!

Our challenges are geared toward schools, but reducing your carbon footprint extends beyond the classroom. Here are five quick tips to help you reduce your energy use in the kitchen. So lets get cooking!

1. Match your pot size to the element size and use a smaller pot when you can.

2. Cover your pot with a lid when cooking. Don’t let the heat escape!

3. Remember that it is more energy efficient to boil water in an electric kettle than on a stove.

4. Let your leftover meal cool down to room temperature before you put it in the fridge. This will save your fridge from using more energy to cool it down.

5. Check the seal on your refrigerator door to ensure cold air isn’t escaping. You can do this by closing the door on a $5 bill. It should hold tightly.

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