Top tips to ensure your kitchen is running economically
The kitchen tends to be one of the most energy inefficient areas in the house, simply because it is the room where people tend to have the largest number of electrical appliances. Having a fridge and a freezer alone will contribute a huge amount onto your energy bills as they tend to account for approximately 20% of your household’s electricity use!
This is not to say that if you want to be more energy efficient you should try to live without some of your appliances, such as your dishwasher, fridge or oven, but it would be very responsible and better for the environment if you made the effort to cut back and help save energy, as well as your own money.
Choosing energy efficient goods
If you are on the lookout to buy a new washing machine, dishwasher or fridge then make sure you keep an eye out for their energy ratings. Manufacturers are now legally required to state what each of their appliances’ energy-efficiency ratings are. You will see these ratings detailed on a label on the appliance, between A and G, with A being the most energy efficient.
Since 2000, manufacturers have been getting better at producing increasingly energy efficient appliances; however, if any of your appliances were manufactured pre 1999, it is most certainly worth looking at scrapping them and buying new replacements as they will be using up A LOT of energy.
Since July 2012, it is now a legal requirement for all new refrigerators and freezers (including combined fridge/freezers) to have a minimum rating of A+, so you can be pretty sure, if buying an appliance that has been manufactured post July 2012, that it will be energy efficient.
You still need to be careful though, even when choosing between two fridges that have a rating of A+, as one may still have a higher energy consumption rate than the other. You need to make sure that you always check the appliances’ annual energy consumption, which should be detailed on the energy label in kWh, before making your purchase.
How else can I make my kitchen appliances more energy efficient?
Make sure your oven is in good working order
Having your oven regularly cleaned and maintained is an extremely worthwhile exercise as it means you are less likely to be wasting energy when cooking. For instance even something as simple as the oven door not shutting properly can add on a huge amount to your energy bills because heat will constantly be leaking out, meaning more is needed to cook your food.
Only ever boil the exact amount of water you need in the kettle
So many people always fill the kettle up to the brim when boiling water even though it is only them needing a cup of tea. You would be shocked at how much extra energy this takes. Really think about only using what you actually need. One the other hand it is ALWAYS better to boil water in the kettle as opposed to on the hob. It’s quicker and uses less energy to do so
Make sure your washing machine is always at full capacity
Even if you are really desperate for a certain top or jeans, never do a wash cycle unless you have a full load. Half loads or less are a complete waste of energy and if something you do regularly, could be adding over a hundred pounds onto your energy bills each year.
Fill up your fridge
Many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have a fridge full of food at all times. If this sounds like you, then make sure you fill up all the empty space in your fridge with water bottles or soft drinks. Filling up empty space in this manner helps to keep everything in the fridge at a regular, cold temperature. If there are a lot of gaps, your fridge is going to have to work a lot harder to keep everything cold.