Your kitchen is likely to be the most energy intensive room in your house. Heating food, cooling food, washing dishes, it all amounts to a significant portion of your electricity bill at the end of the year.
Most people find it difficult to know how much energy they’re actually using, so it’s good to know how to keep consumption to a minimum. In this article we give you 5 top tips on how to use less energy in your kitchen.
Fill your freezer
Did you know, your freezer will use more energy if it’s not filled up. That’s because the freezer needs to use more energy circulating cold air around an empty space than it does to freeze your food. So it’s a good idea to keep your freezer well stocked. Anyway, with most foods lasting for up to 3 months when frozen, it’s a good way to ensure you’ve always got good food available when your fresh stocks run out.
When buying a new freezer, think carefully about the amount of space you truly need and buy a freezer which is most suitable for your lifestyle.
Cook in batches
Your oven uses a lot of energy in heating up and cooking your food. So plan ahead, where possible, to ensure you make the most of your oven when it’s switched on. Instead of cooking your jacket potato on its own for 1.5 – 2 hours, prepare a good mid-week dish such as a pie or a lasagne at the same time. You can always freeze these meals if you don’t intend to eat them straight away.
Boil the kettle less (and use less water)
While boiling your kettle only counts for a small fraction of your electricity bill, it’s still worth making a saving. Try to get into the habit of not filling it to the maximum level every time you make a brew. Even a half full kettle will cost less to boil.
Alternatively, consider installing a boiling water tap. Find out more about how much they cost to run and the other benefits you could realise here.
Choose energy efficient kitchen appliances
All kitchen appliances now include an energy information label. When choosing a new appliance, check the label carefully to ensure it’s energy consumption is reasonable. You can find out more about how to understand energy efficiency labels here.
If you would like to find out more about the energy consumption of any of our kitchen appliances, please get in touch with our expert team for support and advice.