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Backyard Revolution

by Regina Fancy (2019-10-16)

In order to achieve real, visible energy savings, Backyard Revolution Reviewwhat's needed is a comprehensive plan that includes all aspects of energy consumption in the household. Big savings in energy come from multiple small steps all enacted at the same time.One area to pursue in an energy savings plan is cooking habits. Exploring how much energy each kitchen appliance consumes in use, and how to efficiently make use of each of them, can lower overall household energy consumption.Each appliance or kitchen electronic consumes energy differently. An electric stove at 350 degrees uses 2KW an hour, more than a comparable gas stove. A microwave oven on high uses.36 KW every 15 minutes, while a slow cooker at 200 degrees uses.7 KW in 6-7 hours.Considering the average cost of electricity per KW is $.12, it therefore costs $7.50/month to use an electric stove for an hour a day, and $1.20/month to use the microwave for 15 minutes a day. Over the course of a year, how you cook in the kitchen can make a big difference on the electric bill.A toaster oven at 350 degrees costs only $.04 an hour. Cooking small meals in the microwave and heating leftovers in the toaster, then, make a big cut in energy costs. Using a slow cooker once or twice a week rather than the oven adds to kitchen energy savings. Planning meals and using smaller appliances when possible are one small step in an effective household energy plan.