Your stove is one of the most important appliances in the home. However, it also has the potential to be one of the most expensive to use. This is especially so if you frequently use it. In light of the fact that the cost of energy is increasing and not likely to reduce in future, it’s important for home owners to keep an eye on how much energy their stoves use. Measures such as proper maintenance, repair and siting of the stove are all important in helping with this. It might not seem like much, but putting in place some of these measures can do a lot to reduce your energy bill in the long term. Specific measures you can take include:
The correct approach to maintenance
You will need to service and repair the stove regularly. This helps keep the device in optimal condition, which also influences how much it will cost you to run. Some of the principles you should adhere when planning on this include:
• Use a professional contractor. It might seem easy to repair stoves, but unskilled personnel are likely to get it wrong. Sure, they might fix any apparent problem that you have, but they might do it in such a manner that the stove is left less efficient than it used to be. This will in turn increase the cost of using them.
• Have the stove repaired by an approved contractor. Using the services of a contractor who is certified by the manufacturer of the stove will increase the quality of service delivered. It is also possible to use the warranty to cover the repairs in such instances.
• Don’t delay. Some problems usually seem minor. Neglecting them is not recommended, since there is a likelihood of the problem affecting other systems in the stove. The result is that over time, the problem will become worse. It will also be more difficult and expensive to fix.
• Insist on using parts meant for the stove. There is easy access to counterfeit parts that can be used to replace worn out ones in your stove. Given their low price, it is usually tempting to use them. However, always remember that they are technically not meant for use in your stove, and using them could result in loss of efficiency.
• Be proactive rather than reactive. Rather than waiting for the stove to get damaged before calling a contractor to fix it, making sure that it’s serviced on a regular basis will make more sense. This reduces the rate of complex problems, and maintains the efficiency of the device.
It’s important to consider stove size when thinking of ways of reducing energy costs. When buying one, you should make sure that the one you eventually buy is specifically suited to the application you will use it for. In a small family setting, investing in a large stove will only lead to wastage of energy. You will waste money in both the short term and long term when you make such a decision.
Getting some professional help when buying a stove is frowned upon. However, it’s effective in helping one figure out exactly what type of stove size to get. Consulting a repair specialist or even a high quality interior designer can help you pick a stove that will not only fit into the home but which will provide just enough power for your specific needs without waste.
Your kitchen habits
Your cooking habits also influence how much you will save. Some of the habits you should consider adopting to cut down on costs include:
• Cook more than one thing at a go: If the stove has more than one receptacle for your pans, consider cooking all the food you need concurrently. This saves time and will have a modest effect on the energy savings.
• Use a pressure cooker: Items cooked under pressure typically take a much shorter time to get ready. You will spend less energy cooking them as a result. Investing in a couple of pressure cookers will save you both time and money.
• Buy more advanced stoves: Stoves designed using newer technology tend to be easier and cheaper to use. One good example of this is the magnetic induction stove which cooks food using magnetic waves rather than producing radiant heat. This wastes no energy and uses a fraction of what a gas or electric stove would use.
• Installing the stove: Choosing where to put the stove in the kitchen should not be done arbitrarily. Variables such as the manufacturer’s instructions should be kept in mind when doing it, as this might indirectly influence the cost of using the unit. For instance, a stove placed in an area where it’s likely to be subjected to a lot of humidity could make it wear down faster.
In summary, ensuring that your stove uses as little energy as possible is easy as long as you know what to do. Proper repair protocols as well as making sure that the stove is used and installed correctly are vital as well.