Your kitchen is where you use a lot of energy as you cook, wash up, make tea and put left-overs into the fridge or freezer. Here are some tips for smart savings:
Boil water in the kettle for cooking
It’s quicker and uses less energy than heating up a full pan on the stove – so you’ll have dinner on the table sooner.
Cook with a moderate flame
If you have a gas cooker, you just need it to be big enough to heat the base of the pan. If it’s licking up the sides, you’re wasting gas and money.
Keep your oven closed
Opening the door when food’s cooking lets heat out and uses more energy. It slows down cooking too – so use the window to see how your food is doing.
Switch your oven off early
Most dishes will keep cooking a little longer while the oven temperature slowly cools, thanks to the thermal insulation in your oven which is designed to stop heat escaping.
Defrost your fridge and freezer
We all know we should do it regularly to keep ice under control. That way everything stays efficient. But it’s still easy to put it off.
Upgrade your old fridge-freezer
This tip’s more expensive upfront. But an A+++ rated model can save around £190 in energy over its lifetime compared to an A+.