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Maximize the Efficiency of Your Kitchen

Welcome to the Energy Expert series. Join Cherie, your smart energy advocate, as she takes you through her home, exploring the many ways you can become an energy expert, with the help of Smartmart and FirstEnergy’s utilities.

Your refrigerator is constantly using energy – open it up, and it starts working double-time. Turn on the lights. Heat the oven. Wash your hands and rinse some veggies. 20 minutes prep time and 60 minutes cooking. Then load up and run the dishwasher.

By the time you’re done with dinner, your kitchen may have eaten up a lot of energy. Let’s take a close look at how we can save some of that energy by using energy-efficient appliances and taking additional steps to use energy wisely in the kitchen.

Make the most of your appliances

If you have older, inefficient kitchen appliances, you could be wasting a lot of energy – and money – on your daily kitchen tasks. Consider upgrading to new ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to get the most out of your appliances. According to energystar.gov, ENERGY STAR dishwashers are, on average, 12 percent more energy efficient than standard models, and older refrigerators can use nearly twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator.

When you do upgrade your appliances, be sure to take advantage of incentives available from FirstEnergy’s utilities, like rebates on the purchase of new energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers, and rewards for recycling your old, inefficient refrigerator.

And don’t forget that Smartmart is there for you when the unexpected happens. Avoid expensive, inconvenient and stressful appliance repairs with our Kitchen Appliance Repair Plan. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that if an appliance breaks, we’ll send a qualified person you can trust to fix it.

Take additional steps to save!

There are other simple ways to save energy in the kitchen, from turning off your lights and fans when they’re not in use to minimizing the number of times you open the refrigerator. These and many more tips are available on your utility’s energy efficiency page. In addition, you can sign up to receive a free energy conservation kit, which includes energy-efficient LED light bulbs, and may even include a water-saving faucet aerator for homes with electric water heating.

Taking small steps can add up to big savings in the kitchen. Check out the home products and services available on this site, as well as your state’s energy efficiency page for help getting started! Ohio customers | Pennsylvania customers | Maryland customers | West Virginia customers