Did you know our kitchens contain some of the highest energy consuming appliances in our homes!?
We’ve put together some easy tips to help you take control of your energy, which don’t include a big spend on energy efficient alternatives – just a little TLC from you!
Is your fridge too cold?
It’s no surprise that our fridges are one of the main culprits, they’re on all the time and are essential to our everyday lives but there are ways we can manage their consumption:
- Keep the inside of the fridge between 0 and 5°C, it doesn’t need to be any cooler than that. Check today and make sure you’re not throwing energy away!
- Check the seals – The key to your refrigerator’s energy efficiency is being able to maintain its temperature.
- Don’t make your fridge work harder, make sure any leftovers are cool before popping them in.
Gas or Electric – What does is actually cost?
The debate between gas and electric cookers continues… there are many pros and cons to each.
Gas hobs tend to be quicker at simmering, offering instant and easy-to-control heat. Whereas electric cookers distribute heat more evenly, meaning your muffins can achieve consistent results throughout!
The main drawback of using an electric cooker is the price; typically, electric stoves are more expensive to purchase and to run. According to the Energy Saving Trust, gas ovens cost around £9 a year to run whereas electric ovens cost around £44 a year, giving a whopping difference in price of £35!
Oven cooking – the smart way!
Did you know that glass and ceramic cooking dishes retain heat better than other materials?
This allows you to reduce the oven temperature by as much as 25 degrees, meaning you can turn the oven down but your food will cook just as quickly! This may seem like a small saving, but every little helps!
Our beloved kettles…
This one is an easy save! It’s estimated that three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles when boiling water – something that many of us are guilty of… but not anymore!
If we cut back on the amount of water we boil, we could make a pretty decent saving over the years, and we’re starting today!
We can also help our kettle work more efficiently by descaling it regularly. This is an easy task so don’t worry too much – simply fill the kettle with equal parts water and vinegar (or lemon juice) and leave for an hour, then just boil and give it a good rinse. Done and limescale free!
Ditch the dishes!
Dishwasher cycles consume a lot of energy so make sure you’re using it to its full potential if you have one.
Only turn it on when it’s full and the dishes have been rinsed, don’t stack things too close together as you don’t want to have to wash them by hand or put it on for a second cycle – that’s not fun for anyone, or good for energy consumption!
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