Your kitchen can be home to some of the most power-hungry appliances in your home. You can’t live with out them but you can use them more efficiently. In this blog, energy advisor Michael shares 22 tips to be more efficient in the kitchen.
Don’t just stick the kettle on…
The electric kettle is a staple of any kitchen, for many it is a force of habit to flick the switch every time you
walk past it. Ensure your cups of tea do not break the bank with these simple tips:
- Only fill the kettle with enough water for what you need. This could save you around £7 per year.
- Descale your kettle regularly – more lime-scale means more energy.
- If you have a gas cooker it works out slightly cheaper to use a stove kettle. Just make sure you boil the amount of water you need and switch it off as soon as it is boiled.
It is important to think about which appliances you use. An electric cooker is one of the least efficient appliances in your home, but there are alternatives.
- A microwave is often the cheapest appliance. If it is digital, remember to switch it off at the plug when you’re not using it.
- Think about using a slow cooker, pressure cooker or halogen oven. All are more efficient than using a standard oven. A slow cooker, for example, uses little more energy than a traditional light bulb.
- If you fancy a bit of toast, use a toaster. It is far cheaper than using the grill on your oven.
On the Hob
If you really must use your hob make sure they are on as short a time as possible with these handy tips.
- Make sure to use the correct sized pan for the hob, using a small pan on the large hob is over-kill. Remember to keep the lids on too.
- Use a steamer if you are cooking vegetables. This means you are using one ring as opposed to two or three.
- Cut food up into smaller pieces, they cook quicker which means the hob is on less.
In the oven
If you really must use the oven:
- Skewer meat and potatoes with a metal skewer. The metal will absorb the heat and cook it from the inside out.
- Use glass or ceramic dishes – these are slightly better at conducting heat and help to make sure the food cooks as quickly as possible.
- Don’t open the oven door, we all like to have a look, but if you keep your oven door clean you shouldn’t need to keep letting the heat out.
- Switch the oven off 10 minutes before the end of cooking – the oven will retain the heat to finish cooking.
Washing away the bills
- Using a dishwasher is cheaper. Especially if you have, an economy 7 tariff and set it to come on during off-peak times. Remember to fill it up and use it once per day. If you are using it more than that, it is cheaper to do it the old-fashioned way.
- Do not wash up under a running tap. Filling a basin instead can save around £25 a year.
Using your washing machine can account for as much as 7% of your annual electricity costs so it is important to make the most of the appliance.
- When using your washing make sure, you fill it up first. This saves both energy and water.
- Washing at 30°c instead of 40°c can save around £15 a year off your annual bills. Most modern detergent’s work just as well as this temperature too, so there is no need to worry about stuff being clean.
- Like the dishwasher, if you have an economy 7 meter you should use the washing machine during the off-peak period.
- Avoid using a tumble dryer as much as possible, it’s often difficult in Scotland however using a tumble dryer can cost as much as £139 extra a year.
- When drying your clothes do not hang them on radiators. It is far more efficient to use a clotheshorse in a well-ventilated room.
- If it is dry outside, you should definitely hang them out to dry instead, even if our summer is just a couple of days a year!
Need a new one?
- The amount of energy an appliance uses can vary drastically from model to model. If you are in the market for a new appliance it is important to look at the energy labels to make sure you are getting as efficient a model as possible. Remember – an appliance that is on sale for £100’s less than an energy efficient model could cost more than that over its lifetime in energy used.
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