If you’re looking to reduce your energy bills, one of the easiest and quickest ways to cut your costs is to start saving energy at home. If you’ve already switched energy supplier to ensure you’re on the cheapest tariff, adopting a few energy saving habits is the next step to reducing your bills.
With so many electrical appliances in the kitchen, there are numerous ways to use more energy than you need to. In fact, some kitchen appliances, such as fridges and freezers, are working constantly, so it’s also important to check appliances’ energy efficiency ratings.
Think you’re wasting energy and money? Watch our short video to find out how you could save energy in your kitchen.
Saving electricity in the kitchen
The kitchen is one of the easiest places to save electricity, however you might have to break a few bad habits to get started! When cooking with pots and pans, you can reduce the amount energy being wasted by using lids to prevent heat from escaping. You can also prevent heat escaping from your oven by not opening the door to check your food. Instead, save energy by using the little viewing window.
Another way to save energy in the kitchen is to only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle. By only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need, you could save yourself £8 per year. If you live on your own, you might want to invest in a one cup kettle, so you don’t even have to think about it.
Energy efficient appliances
When buying new kitchen appliances, you can check to see how energy efficient they are by looking for their EU energy efficiency labels. Electric ovens, fridges, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines should all come will energy efficiency labels, and making sure you buy a more efficient model will save you money in the long run.
Want to know more? Have a read of our guide on energy efficient appliances:
If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the investment, consider how much you use the individual appliance. A fridge-freezer, for example, is switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and buying a more efficient model can save you over £60 per year.
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