How to Use Less Electricity in Your Kitchen

How to Use Less Electricity in Your Kitchen

Energy prices are regularly increasing and so consumers have to look to try and save money. Energy prices are not going to come down, but the kitchen is a major source of household energy usage and consequently there is scope to make savings here. The methods that we are going to suggest to you are functional and do not require a great deal of change in habits or your lifestyle.

One of the main supplies of wastage is overfilling the kettle for boiling water. When you boil water for a cup of coffee or tea, do you look at how much you’re putting in the kettle? Quite often people will overfill their kettle without paying much notice, but over the time of a month or a year, this can have a substantial effect on your bills. Try to only fill as much as you need. It will also have the bonus effect that your water heats quicker.

Keep an eye on fridge temperatures. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell you what temperature their fridge is set at. Some will have it set to as low as 34 degrees; the optimum temperature for keeping food and drink cool whilst saving energy is 41 degrees. Also, try not to have the fridge door open for longer than possible as this lets warm air in which then needs to be cooled down, using up electricity. When putting food into the fridge, try and make sure it has cooled down first, as the same rule applies and more energy is needed to cool it down. Allowing your entrée to cool before packaging leftovers to refrigerate is one method for this. Some items that are stored at room temperature in the grocery store may be left in a cool room prior to refrigerating. In cooler weather months, you may consider leaving situations of beverages outside for a few hours prior to putting them away in your refrigerator.

Another fridge related tip is to make sure that the coils behind or underneath your fridge do not gather too much dust as this can cause their efficiency to be reduced up to 25% if left. It is also advisable to defrost your freezer semi-regularly as the excess ice that builds up causes more electricity to be used, as this ice causes more mass that needs to be kept at your stated temperature. The majority of refrigerators today are self-defrosting, but don’t forget to check a secondary unit that is kept in another room.

If you have a dishwasher machine, then make sure that you only set it to run when it is completely complete. They use a lot of energy and are only more efficient than hand washing if used when they are complete. It also saves you time in having to unload the dishwasher more frequently.

When you are cooking food, it is more economical to cook complete size meals and divided it into multiple meals which can be frozen for reheating at later dates. This saves you going by the complete energy consumption of cooking another complete meal from scratch again and can save you a lot in the long term.

These changes suggested are small, but help with your bills, and it method that you have more money to use on things that you need or want instead of giving it to your electric/gas supplier.

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