TOM: The hustle and bustle of a holiday kitchen doesn’t have to mean bursting energy bills. With a few improvements now you can easily trim costs and get cooking with energy efficiency in mind. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: For a more efficient kitchen, start at the sink. Replace any old faucets with the new WaterSense certified model and that will trim everyday water use by 30 percent.
LESLIE: If you do the most cleaning with your dishwasher, only run it when it’s the most full for the most efficient operation and lower water use and never use the quick dry option and that will lower your electrical costs.
TOM: Next, when using your gas range, watch the flame. If it’s yellow, the burner is dirty and wasting gas and it’s time for some maintenance.
LESLIE: Over at the fridge, keep things from getting too cold by using a setting between 37 and 40 degrees. Also you want to make sure that the door has a nice tight seal, and always cover the food inside to limit the excess moisture which can make your fridge’s compressor work extra hard. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.