Saving energy around the house doesn't have to be a chore. Sometimes you don't even have to spend money on energy efficient appliances or products. All it takes are a few tweaks that you might not even notice. Or you could make some larger changes which provide significant savings in the long run.
Here are our quick wins for energy efficiency in the kitchen:
Put a lid on it
Pots not only boil quicker if you cover them, but they’ll use less energy if you keep them covered while you’re cooking. If your pots start to boil over, turn the heat down and rest the lid loosely instead – you might be surprised just how low you can run a boiling pot with a lid.
Right ring for the right pot
If you can see flame or some of the heating ring beneath your pot, even when it’s turned right down, you’re heating the air rather than your meal. Work up from the smallest ring and with a bit of testing, you’ll soon find the right combination of pot, ring and control so that you’re only heating your food.
Dishwasher not hand wash
Most modern, energy-efficient dishwashers are, generally, more effective and better for the environment than washing up by hand (music to our ears). Just make sure you maximise the space inside (you might have to move some shelves and supports around to do this), clean filters after every wash and the door seals often. Your dishwasher’s instructions manual usually offers some great advice on how to load and care for your machine so it can take care of your dishes and you can get on with your life.
Switching off lights, fans, coffee machines and unplugging any other electrical items can make quite a big difference.
Most of us know that filling the kettle only with the amount you need will save energy. But you should also descale your kettle regularly (particularly in hard water areas) to keep it working at peak performance. This will have the added bonus of making your cuppa less gritty. Check out our home appliances energy saving article to see if the kettle or the hob is the cheapest way to make a cup of tea.
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Faster isn’t always more efficient
While microwaves and hobs are more efficient and quicker than ovens, slow cookers only use a tiny amount of energy over a long period to make a meal. They’re great for making casseroles, soups, tagines and curries. And they can be superb for avoiding the dinner time rush.
Efficiency savings that might cost extra
If you’re making energy savings everywhere but the kitchen sink, why not splash out on that too? Fitting an aerator to your tap can save water and energy and can cost less than £5.
This is a great way to keep your toes warm and getting rid of radiators and pipes.
You won’t have to suffer frozen toes on the tiles in winter
They’re more efficient than radiators because the heat is distributed evenly across the room.
You can’t see it – no radiators, no messy pipes
It can take longer to heat up than radiators
It’s often expensive to fit and maintain
You need a boiler that can manage the extra heating necessary (or go for an electric system).
Get your boiler serviced
Getting your boiler serviced regularly will make sure you have hot water and central heating plus the peace of mind that your boiler is working as efficiently as it can.
Want to get even greener?
There is more than one way to make savings in the kitchen, not only should you be looking at your appliances but the meals you are cooking.
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