Using fuel economically can save quite a bit of money. Even simple ideas, such as running down the thermostat on the hot-water tank, can save fuel. Major tasks, such as insulating the attic or lagging your pipes, will make a considerable difference in the long run.
Appliances – buys energy-saving small appliances such as electric frying pans, slow cookers, and deep fryers. They use considerably less energy than ovens and stoves.
Ovens – when using a standard oven, make sure you benefit from its capacity. Rather than baking a single pizza, for example, cook several items at once.
Stoves – keeping stoves clean will maximize reflective heat.
Microwave ovens – use a microwave whenever possible. It uses far les is energy than standard ovens.
Freezers – open the freezer as infrequently as possible. Every time you let cold air out, the freezer works harder to regain its temperature.
Pots and pans – make sure saucepan lids fit tightly. Use pots the same size or slightly larger than cooking elements.
Reflecting light – place lamps in corners of rooms to reflect light. Pale walls in a room will require less lighting than those with dark walls.
Television – unplug the television if it has an “instant on or off” feature to cut down on the amount of energy it uses.
Choosing appliances – buy energy-efficient appliances and choose the best you can afford – they will last longest.
Boiling water – do not overfill a tea kettle. Boil only as much water as you require for the immediate need, using a mug or a cup to measure the right amount. Turn off the heat on the stove as soon as the water comes to the boil.