Saving energy around the home has become increasingly
When cooking on the hob, you can save energy by using the smallest pan to fit your needs and always using a lid to prevent heat from escaping. This reduces the amount of energy needed to heat your food. If you intend to boil food, such as eggs, vegetables or pasta, first boil the water in an electric kettle and then add to the pan, as this uses less than heating water on the hob. If you are cooking several different types of vegetable, consider using a stackable steamer, as this saves energy by using fewer pans and fewer rings on the hob. In addition, cutting food into smaller pieces before boiling or steaming enables it to cook faster.
When cooking in the oven, always keep the door closed to prevent heat from escaping. You should also regularly check for any damage to the door seal, as heat can escape through worn seals and cause energy to be wasted. Electric ovens and hobs retain heat for several minutes after being turned off, so you can also save more by switching your oven or hob off a few minutes before the food has finished cooking. For the most efficient method of cooking or reheating food, a microwave can serve as a convenient alternative to a traditional cooker. Microwaves heat food far quicker than with traditional cooking methods and can save a significant amount of power.
Allow hot food to cool down before storing in a fridge or freezer, as warm food will increase the temperature inside refrigeration appliances, causing extra energy usage as the fridge or freezer works to bring the temperature back down again. Regularly defrosting your freezer is also important for helping to save energy. You should also adjust the temperature settings on your fridge or freezer to the optimum level, keep the doors closed as much as possible and check the door seals for damage or splitting.
Refrigeration appliances also need a little clear space around them, especially at the back, in order for air to circulate. Aim to leave at least three inches between your refrigeration appliances and any other objects or walls. In addition, try to store appliances away from direct sunlight or sources of heat, such as radiators or water heaters.
Modern dishwashers use less water than it takes to wash dishes by hand, making dishwashers the most energy-efficient method for cleaning your dishes. You can reduce the amount of electricity your dishwasher uses by using it only for the wash cycle, and then opening the door to allow your dishes to dry naturally. Some dishwashers also have an Eco setting that uses less water, and less energy, than with regular settings. Always wait until you have a full load before running your dishwasher, as running a full cycle for just a few dishes wastes energy.
Buying New Appliances
When buying new appliances for your kitchen, always check the energy efficiency rating and compare with other similar products. The energy efficiency rating of an appliance will give you an idea of how well it uses energy, enabling you to compare it with other appliances on the market. In addition, choosing the right size of appliance to suit your needs can help to save energy. For example, single people with no children are unlikely to need the largest size of dishwasher. Choosing smaller appliances will almost always result in less energy usage.
In addition to following these energy saving tips, you can save energy by switching all electrical items off when not in use. Leaving appliances on standby uses unnecessary electricity, which will mount up over the course of a year, adding extra costs to your annual energy bill.