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"In today's economy, using energy efficiently is the primary focus of Duck River Electric's educational programs," said Connie Potts, consumer information specialist for DREMC. "The cooperative is pleased to be a part of the Times-Gazette's cooking expo, where participants learn new cooking skills and techniques."
The multi-county, member-owned electric cooperative will have a booth at the cooking show, and will be giving a door prize at the event.
Here are some kitchen, food or beverage-related tips selected from "101 Low-Cost/No-Cost Home Energy Saving Measures," prepared by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, of which DREMC is a member.
* Use your refrigerator's anti-sweat feature only if necessary.
* Turn on your refrigerator's power-saver mode, if available.
* Clean refrigerator coils annually.
* Set the refrigerator temperature to 34-37 degrees and your freezer to 0-5 degrees.
* Ensure the gaskets around your refrigerator door seal tightly.
* Unplug unused refrigerators or freezers.
* Use microwaves for cooking when possible.
* When cooking on the range, use pot lids to help food cook faster.
* If you are heating water, start with hot tap water instead of cold.
* Remember to use the kitchen exhaust fan when cooking but turn it off after cooking.
* Let hot food cool before storing it in the refrigerator.
* Rinse dirty dishes with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.
* Use cold water for garbage disposal.
* Only run the dishwasher when fully loaded.
* Use the air-dry cycle instead of the heat-dry cycle to dry dishes.
* Set water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees; for households with only one or two members, 115 degrees may work fine.
* Install wagter heater wrap according to the manufacturer's instructions.
* Drain 1-2 gallons from the bottom of the water heater each year to reduce sediment buildup.
* Install heat traps on hot and cold water lines when it's time to replace your water heater.
* Fix dripping faucets.
* Turn off coffee makers when not in use.
* Ensure all new appliances you buy are Energy Star-approved.
For more information about energy efficiency, contact DREMC at 684-4621 or visit its offices at 1411 Madison St.