Power and gas are two of the most important resources that the modern world can not live without. Our household appliances, factory equipment, and business machines depend on electricity. We certainly depend on gas to cook our food, heat up our homes during winter, and supply hot water for a shower or bath. Unfortunately, we also tend to consume electricity and gas without thought about carbon emissions and wasting away non-renewable resources like coal. In our own way, we can contribute to energy conservation efforts through several actions that change the way we use electricity and gas.
Always Keep Fridges and Freezers Closed
The first rule in the book for refrigerators and commercial freezers is to keep them closed at all times. Keeping the door open while getting the food out is fine, but leaving it open while preparing a sandwich is not. The magnetic seals of fridge doors loosen as time passes and makes them inefficient consumers of electricity. That's the reason why people with old freezers or Fridges tend to pay higher energy costs than those people who replace their old kitchen appliances with energy-efficient ones.
To check wherever your fridge's door seals need replacements, place a piece of paper between the door and the seal. When the paper is rolled, but does not move at all, it means your fridge is closed tightly. Otherwise, a paper that's easily folded means you'll need to put in new seals. Also, check the age of your fridge. Those manufactured between 1993 and 2006 have improved energy consumption by 40% and more recent models are certainly more energy efficient than before.
Stove Tops and Cooking Equipment
Like Fridges and freezers, range ovens also need their doors closed when in use. Every time the oven door opens the temperature inside would drop by around 14 to 20 degrees Celsius. And so, the oven has to use up more energy to bring back lost heat. Meanwhile, when slow cooking on a stove top, keep the lids on pots and pans to keep the heat inside and reduce the consumption of gas or electricity to add more heat. Even better, use a Dutch oven or a pressure cooker, which uses around 25% less energy, to make beef more tender and delicious. After using them, clean out the gas burners and make sure food spills and rust do not cover the holes to allow for even distribution of flames around the rings.