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3 Green Kitchen Appliance Options for Eco-conscious Homeowners

by Kelly Richardson

Few rooms in your home use more energy than the kitchen. Cooking and cleaning require high levels of power for extended periods of time. Reduce your carbon footprint by installing a green kitchen appliance in your home.

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Consequences of the Traditional Kitchen Appliance

The Discovery Channel has focused some of its programming on the green kitchen. The statistics presented on these informative programs illustrate the waste associated with common kitchen activities. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of kitchen energy consumption:

  • Cooking Under Pressure. Pressure cookers produce a 70 percent reduction in cooking time and energy use.
  • Using ENERGY STAR. Americans saved $12 billion in 2005 alone using ENERGY STAR rated appliances.
  • International Ups and Downs. Western Australia uses 12 percent of household energy when cooking, as compared to 67 percent in Ghana.

3 Green Kitchen Appliance Considerations

The good news is that you can make an immediate difference by changing the way you cook and clean. Here are three kitchen appliance options that go easy on the environment:

  • The Chest Freezer. Horizontal is much more efficient than vertical when storing food items; keeping it in a cool location also improves efficiency, so position it far from the oven, if possible.
  • The Pressure Cooker. Sealed cooking pots are air and liquid tight below preset pressures; cooking time is diminished exponentially.
  • The Solar Oven. Really just an insulated box with a transparent lid that uses the sun's rays to heat food; temps are hotter and foods are more flavorful.

Keep in mind that the initial expense of a green kitchen appliance will be offset by the recurrent monthly savings on your energy bills.

About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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