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​We all know it; the kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in our homes. We spend a lot of time here cooking, cleaning and preparing meals. Follow these tips to help you save time and energy in the kitchen so you can get back to doing the things you love!

1. Choose the right burner for your pots and pans

A small burner will take much longer to heat a large pan than it would a small pan therefore using more energy than needed. Always match the pan size to the burner size to ensure maximum efficiency.

2. Keep your oven door closed

Every time you open the oven door, the temperature can drop by as much as 75°F. It's a dirty job, but keep your oven window clean so you don't have to open the door to check on your food.

3. Use lids on your pots

Lids keep the heat energy contained in your cooking pots/containers. By minimizing heat loss, you can reduce boiling/simmering times.

4. Boil and simmer at the same time

If you're cooking something in boiling water, you can put a colander on top to create a make-shift steamer to cook your veggies in.

5. Use only the necessary amount of water

You don't always need to fill your pots when boiling water. Sometimes you only need a few cups—like to boil those eggs for breakfast.

6. Use glassware when you can

Glass baking dishes are better for heat transfer and stay warm longer than other types of cookware.

7. Don't overwork your dishwasher

Instead of having your dishwasher dry your dishes following the wash cycle, open up the door and let the hot dishes air-dry.

8. Manage your dishwasher load

Most dishwashers use the same amount of water and energy regardless if they are full or half-full.  Only run your dishwasher when it's full.

9. Don't run the kitchen faucet for water

Keep drinking water in the fridge rather than running tap water to get it cold.

10. Fix dripping taps

A dripping tap is constantly working and using water.  Over time it adds up and, if the leak is bad enough, it can waste as much as a litre every couple of hours.

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