How to reduce your kitchen’s energy bills
If you want to save money in the kitchen one of the first things that jumps to mind is cutting back on the amount of money you spend in the supermarket. However, if you want to take things one step further it’s worth exploring ways of reducing your energy usage in the kitchen.
Don’t overfill the kettle
Any time you want a cup of tea, or coffee, just fill up the kettle with the amount you need to boil. If you fill the kettle up all the way you’ll be wasting energy by boiling what you’re not going to be using.
Research from the Energy Saving Trust has shown that boiling more water than needed is costing us a total of £68 million per year!
Instead of pouring water straight into the kettle and making a guess about how much you’ll need, first fill a mug with water and tip it from there into the kettle then you’ll be sure to only boil what you need and save money in the process.
Keep the lid on the saucepan
If you pop a lid on the saucepan when you’re boiling water then not only will you cook your food quicker but you’ll save money too. This also goes when you steam or fry food too.
With a lid on food cooks 75% quicker!
Defrost the fridge and freezer
Although a lot of fridge freezers come as standard as frost free nowadays, they can still see a little ice build-up over time.
Have a check every few months as if there is an excess of frost, the appliance has to work harder to run efficiently – costing you more money. Clearing out any excess ice will make sure your fridge freezer is running smoothly and will also ensure you don’t have any food lurking at the bottom of a drawer that is near the end of its shelf life.
Use your microwave
If you think the microwave is just for heating the odd tin of beans or warming the odd cup of milk you’d be wrong. From scrambled eggs, spaghetti bolognese and chocolate mug cake, there are an endless list of meals you can make.
Also, and more importantly, using the microwave instead of your cooker hob or oven will save you money every year. The microwave uses less energy to cook your food and cooks food in less time too.
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Change how you wash clothes
Washing your clothes at 30 degrees can use 40% less energy than washing at higher temperatures. Most detergent has been designed to work well as lower temperatures and can still get your clothes clean.
Also make sure that you fill your washing machine up and don’t run half loads. The machine will run the same amount of time, use the same amount of water and cost you the same amount of money but you’ll only get half of the load done.
Turn off the appliances
When you’ve finished using your kettle, toaster, microwave, blender or whatever other kitchen appliance you have out, remember to turn off the plug at the wall and you’ll save on the electricity still running through to the plug.
With appliances such as a blender, if you’re keeping the plugs off why not consider keeping the appliance off altogether and doing it by hand. With a bit of elbow grease you can do the same thing as your shiny kitchen gadget and save a few quid in the process.
Choose energy efficient appliances
Don’t go out and buy a new machine straight away but plan for energy efficiency when it gets to the point that you need to replace them.
Although it may cost a little more up front for a high energy efficient appliance, you’ll save money in the long run on your energy bills in the long run. Try to buy an A rated or higher appliance to save the most energy.
Once you’ve cut back as much as you can with your current usage, it’s then time to consider switching providers. You could save up to £234 per year by switching energy providers so it’s definitely one tip to not miss.
Compare costs against what you currently pay with other providers on the market then switch if you could make a saving. Remember to check if you could get cashback with someone like uSwitch.