#LiveGreenSG Home Tips: Kitchen

1 Nov, 2018 2:43:17 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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Want to live green at home and create a more eco-friendly kitchen?

The truth is that every kitchen in Singapore adds to our nation's environmental load. But there are things you can do to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient, and less wasteful. First of all, it’s a matter of choosing the right household appliances, by selecting low-energy refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens - but not a low-energy cleaner.

Here are 10 other ways to go green in your kitchen, starting today.


Switch Off Correctly.

Your microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, and other appliances that are plugged in are quietly draining electricity all day in your kitchen, even when they are not in use. You can save up to 2% on your monthly electricity bill by switching off your appliances via the main power socket on the wall.


Curiosity Killed The Cat.

Don't be curious - stop peeking by opening the oven door while you’re baking! It makes the temperature drop and requires more energy to generate the desired level of heat. Every time you open a 200°C oven for a few seconds, the temperature decreases by 30°C.

Anyway, your pineapple cake will always be overcooked - and he will always tell you he likes it like that, with your “own style” (don’t be offended…).


Let The Hot Potato Cool Down.

Don’t put hot food or uncovered liquids in your refrigerator! It will not only release moisture and increase energy consumption by making your fridge work harder, but also causes your food to lose its nutritional value and develop bacteria. Wait until the food is room temperature and cover it, before placing it in the fridge. And pleaaase lock those chilled durian leftovers into (at least) five layers of Tupperwares!


Choose The Right Temperature.

Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature - between 3°C and 4°C for your fridge, and -18°C for your freezer. On average, your fridge and freezer account for more than 23% of your electricity bill. And every degree less for a refrigerator is 5% more energy consumed!


Be An Eco Freak.

80% of the energy consumed by a dishwasher is used to heat the water. Use the ECO program or set the temperature at 50°C for the washing cycle of your dishes: it can reduce the consumption of the dishwasher by 45% compared to the intensive program.


Fill in The Blanks.

A dishwasher is more water-efficient than hand-dishwashing, as long as it is fully filled. The number of wash cycles per household is about 4 per week on average. To save water and energy, don’t forget to fill your dishwasher before turning it on!

Note: this tip cannot be interpreted as an incentive to eat more snacks in order to use more plates during the day.


Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket.

Not all foods need to be stored in your fridge. When you overload your refrigerator, cold air stops circulating and forces it to work harder. Keep your refrigerator spacious, to save energy and avoid food waste.

Keep foods that don’t need to stay cold in cabinets, or in a pantry. Eggs, tomatoes, honey, olives, jams, dry food... all can be stored at room temperature. Check the storage instructions on the package!


Break The Ice.

Defrosting your freezer and fridge every 3 months saves up to 50% of electricity consumption used for your cold appliances. To defrost your appliances, unplug them and leave the door ajar to prevent mould growth.


Think Before Acting.

Rather than opening the refrigerator systematically, think in advance about what you're going to take so you don’t have to ponder in front of the fridge with its door open. Science hasn’t proven yet that opening the fridge door is a way for your brain to remember what you are looking for.

Before cooking, it’s better to take out all the ingredients at once. Every time you open your refrigerator door, energy is consumed to cool it again!


Put Some Distance.

Don’t place your refrigerator and freezer near heat sources, such as windows or ovens. In a room at 23°C, a refrigerator consumes 38% more energy than in a room at 18°C.

Wish to go a step further to make your home sustainable and eco-friendly? Sign up with us at http://env-solutions.com/living today to find out about carbon offsets and other applicable ways to go green. 

Get in touch with us via email at living@env-solutions.com  or call +656523 2299 for more information. If you have tips to share, don’t forget to share your pictures with us by using #LiveGreenSG on instagram and tag @ESLivingSG.


Topics: Residential, ES Living, Powering Sustainability

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.