Consciousness about energy consumption has never been higher, and at Love Energy Savings, we are passionate about saving energy.
We’re all concerned about pollution, climate change and the use of fossil fuels and we’d all like our energy bills to be lower.
For those looking for simple ways to save energy in their home, help is at hand! There has never been a better time to make small but effective changes to your household energy consumption, and the kitchen is a great place to start.
In this guide, we provide you with some top tips to help you save energy in the kitchen and reduce your household bills.
How Can I Save Energy in The Kitchen?
Home cooking is great for your diet, however, if you aren’t using energy efficiently whilst doing this, it can lead to high energy bills. Below we list some ways you could save energy in your kitchen.
- Don’t leave your kitchen appliances on standby
Your fridge and freezer need to remain on all the time (for obvious reasons!), but the rest of your appliances don’t. Keeping appliances on standby accounts for up to 16% of the average household’s energy bill. By getting an energy monitoring device or smart meter, you can see for yourself how much energy your household is using and identify which are your most wasteful appliances.
Get into the habit of keeping your toaster, kettle, microwave, oven and washing machine unplugged at the wall— this simple measure could help you save approximately £35 on your annual energy bill. As an extra incentive, this also reduces the risks of an electrical fire.
- Heat water efficiently
Heating and hot water account for a staggering 62% of your energy bill annually, so it’s very important to think efficiency in the kitchen. The majority of the everyday tasks you complete in the kitchen requires heating up water, so being smart about kitchen water usage will go a long way towards bringing those energy bills down.
It is much more efficient to heat water in a kettle rather than on the hob. If you need water for cooking, heat it in the kettle and transfer to a pan. Only fill the kettle up with the exact amount of water you need rather than to the brim.
- Cook in batches
There are a lot of ways to save energy when you are cooking, such as chopping vegetables into smaller pieces to reduce cooking times.
For those who live in couples or alone, another great way to reduce the energy you use in the kitchen is batch cooking. This requires a bit of planning but is a great energy, time and money saver (especially if you use your excess food for your lunch at work!) The basic idea is that you cook two or more things at once, thus reducing the amount of time the oven needs to be on.
- Use your microwave
Whilst not always the best method towards preparing a fine meal, using the microwave can actually be a big money saver towards your annual energy bill. You may also be surprised to learn that the popular slow cooker is also a very energy-efficient way to prepare food.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, using a typical UK microwave (800w) for five minutes will cost you 1.3p in comparison to the gas hob costing 3.4p.
However, if you are going to use your hob or oven, there are ways you can do this efficiently. Make sure food is covered when you cook on the stove, as it will heat quicker and save energy. You could also turn your oven and hob off a few minutes early to make the most of the heat and try not to open the oven door when you’re cooking, as tempting as it is! Finally, make sure that your pans are roughly the same size as your hobs, as otherwise excess energy from the space not covered by the pans is wasted.
- Fill your dishwasher
Similar to your washing machine, you should fill your dishwasher up as much as possible to make the most of the energy used in each cycle. However, it is important to make sure that you are not over stacking as this could affect the quality of the wash. Additionally, if your dishwasher has a drying cycle, you could avoid using it and let them dry the old-fashion way by air-drying or using a dishcloth.
- Invest in energy-efficient lightbulbs
Using energy-saving lightbulbs like LEDs and CFLs in your kitchen and other areas of your home could help you save energy and reduce your household bills. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that you could save around £40 on your annual energy bills by replacing all the bulbs in your home with LED lightbulbs.
- Check door seals
Many of us forget to check whether our fridge, freezer and oven doors seals are working properly. This is important because loose seals can lead to energy wastage. Check your kitchen appliance seals by placing a piece of paper between the seal and the door and seeing if it stays in place. If it doesn’t your seals may need replacing.
This tactic can also be applied to your property’s doors and windows, take a look at our draught-proofing page to find out more.
- Defrost food early
Instead of using the defrost setting on your microwave or oven, take your food out of the freezer early and defrost it in your fridge to save energy.
- Switch energy supplier
To reduce your energy bills as much as possible, you need to ensure that you are on a suitable energy tariff. Improving your energy efficiency in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home will not work to its full potential if you are on the wrong energy deal.
Use our free comparison tool today to find the best energy tariff for your home. Alternatively, you can visit our helpful energy guides for more advice on energy saving.