As well as being the room you’ll always find him in at parties, the kitchen is one of the most energy consuming areas of any home.
From the cooker to the kettle, the mess hall has the potential to make a dent on any electricity and gas bill.
However, creating a culinary masterpiece doesn’t have to haemorrhage units if you use a little creative flair when choosing appliances to do the work.
Fridge-freezer combinations are amongst the worst offenders. They run round the clock, racking up watts. When selecting a model to suit your kitchen, check for an A+++ rating, which will save you a cool £190 in energy bills over the product’s lifetime. Similarly, smaller fridges use less energy than their bigger counterparts.
The beating heart of any kitchen is the cooker. Again, keep an eye out for an ‘A’ rating on both ovens and hobs. The difference between an A+ and a B rated oven can be substantial.
While the space may be smaller, microwaves are a far more energy efficient way of cooking than ovens. Essentially, the energy they use is directly targeted at the food you are heating, while ovens heat all of the air in the entire oven.
It’s probably not going to be the first choice for your next Sunday dinner but it’s one to consider next time you’re making a meal for one.
After a good feed, there is nothing better than settling down with a hot cuppa. If you’re anything like the rest of the population, your kettle will be one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen.
Try doing a bit of research on ECO kettles – they only boil the amount of water needed. Or just try to be economical yourself, and only fill the kettle with the amount necessary.
Finally, the humble toaster. Most bread-burners are not going to break the bank when it comes to output, but if you want to be as efficient as possible, seek out a basic model with as little extra functionality as possible.
Taking all these considerations into account and you’ll be able to turn your kitchen into an energy saving hub, while whipping up top quality cuisine in the process.