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How many “Bulbs” do you have in your Kitchen?

December 15, 2009

Hi Everybody!

Cooking is fun isn’t it? As for me, I love the eating part. The other day mom called me into the kitchen to teach me to make simple food like daal and rice. More than noticing what she was adding into the utensil, I noticed all the things she was doing wrong towards the environment. Everyone knows that kitchen is an integral part of a house. It’s the one room that is used most and yet there are so many small things we can do to decrease the power consumption within it. I made sure I did not say anything to her that would make her angry, realizing she still had the hot spoon in her hand 😀 . So after she was done, I sat her down and told her what she could do to make the kitchen energy efficient.

Also this one day, when I visited my aunt’s place, there were things I noticed her doing without realizing that she could be wasting resources. She was completing her daily routine of washing the dishes. I noticed that she let the tap water run even when not in use. Suddenly the water stopped coming and her work was incomplete. She then began to tell me her water woes and how she had to face this problem everyday. She told me that water was stored in the water storage tank and it was almost never enough. Her entire routine gets disrupted because of this. I love imparting valuable knowledge and so I sat down with her and made her think over her actions which could have saved her from that situation.

There are just a few simple ways you can do the same!

  • Use a pressure cooker to cook food instead of a microwave oven. It is more efficient and saves on energy considerably.
  • Use CFLs in your kitchen as it gives brighter light than a Tube light and consumes lesser energy.
  • Avoid grinding dry items in your grinder or mixer as it takes longer time than liquid grinding and hence consumes more energy.
  • After using your blender/mixer/oven, make sure you unplug the device as while plugged it still consumes little energy.
  • Clean your gas stovetop after cooking so as to ensure that your gas jets will work efficiently. That also heats food evenly and in a timely manner.
  • Use moderate flame settings in order to conserve LPG while cooking on a gas burner. Use small burners for small vessels as a higher flame will cause waste.
  • Do not leave the refrigerator door open for longer time as the cold air will escape and then it will use more energy to develop cold air again.
  • Do not let the water run while washing dishes by hand as it leads to waste. Avoid it by using sink stoppers and dishpans.
  • Water that is used to wash vegetables can be re-used to water plants.
  • Do not heat the food immediately after taking it out of the refrigerator as it requires more time to get heated, which wastes a lot of gas. Keep it out for some time and then place it on the stove.
  • When cooking food, make sure that you use a lid. Circulation of the heated air helps cook food faster. This helps to save LPG.
  • Replace a leaking tap immediately and ensure that it is fully turned off, as it wastes a lot of water in the entire day.

Now that you have gone through the tips to be avoid being careless in the kitchen ensure that not a single resource is wasted as a person who wastes is considered a ‘Bulb’.

There are, of course, many other ways in which you can avoid being a bulb in kitchen. What are your suggestions? We’d like to hear from you in the comments.


Elex- Your electricity expert


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nidhi permalink
    June 10, 2010 6:11 pm

    1. Segregate your organic and inorganic waste. Recycle plastic, glass and cartons
    2. Dont keep hot food right away into refrigerator. Wait for it to come to room temperature first as it will take longer time to cool and waste energy.
    3. Try reusing vessels for similar food and dry food rather than giving it for washing after every small use.

    • August 4, 2010 6:54 am

      Dear Nidhi,

      Thank you for sharing those tips with us. Hope you follow them as well. 🙂


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