With the darker, colder nights creeping in, many of us are spending more time in the kitchen cooking up lovely warm soups and brewing hot chocolate. But did you know that the kitchen holds some of the highest energy consuming appliances in the home?Cooling things down in fridges or freezers accounts for around 16.8% of electricity demand in the UK, with a further 13.8% being used for cooking. If you are interested in saving some energy, and money, the kitchen is a great places to start. We’ve had a look at some simple tips to get you started.
1. Don’t leave appliances on standby There are several appliances in the kitchen that can be switched off to save energy. Dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines and electric ovens use electricity when left on standby. So switching them off after use is a simple, quick and easy way to save some energy. 2. Boil what you need To save energy when using your kettle, you should always only boil the amount of water you need. Boiling your water on a gas hob instead of using the kettle can also save energy as gas is cheaper to use than electricity. 3. Always fill the washing machine When washing your clothes, ensuring you fully load your washing machine or tumble dryer ensures a more energy efficient cycle. Washing clothes at a lower temperature is also a great way of saving energy. Investing in an energy efficient washing machine could save you up to £80 per year. 4. Fridge freezers Understandably fridges and freezers need to be left on at all times, but ensuring you keep them at least three quarters full will allow them run to their optimum energy efficiency level. Ensuring you don’t leave the door open longer than needed and avoiding putting warm food in are other simple ways of saving energy. Source – which.co.uk