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Cooking - with less energy

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Connie Potts of Duck River Electric Membership Corp. has energy-saving ideas for the kitchen. The Times-Gazette / Relish Cooking Show and Expo will be held Oct. 23 at Calsonic Arena; DREMC, a Junior Gourmet sponsor of the event, will give away a Westinghouse Stand Mixer Valued at $150. At its booth, DREMC will be giving away Cast Iron Skillets. You must be present to win. Tickets for the cooking show and expo are being sold in advance only, not at the door. They're $12, available at Kincaid Service Company, Lowery Jewelers and the Times-Gazette, or by calling 684-1200.
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Duck River Electric Membership Corp., a Junior Gourmet sponsor of the Times-Gazette / Relish Cooking Show and Expo, says it's possible for home cooks to save power, and money, with a little time and effort.

"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.

Kitchen

* 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.

Water heating

* 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.

Other

* 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.