Your kitchen is probably the most important room in your home, it’s where we cook, eat, you’re your clothes, entertain and even do the kid’s homework. So how much energy does that one space in your property use? In this blog we break down kitchen energy usage and how to save it. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to switch off your freezer immediately and only eat raw food, we’re just going to help save a few pennies when it comes to our kitchen energy.
A great way to save on kitchen energy usage is to batch cook. The amount of energy you’ll save by not cooking each meal from scratch will save you loads of money over time. It’s also perfect for when you don’t feel like cooking – you have delicious food ready to go in the fridge or freezer. We recommend cooking at the start of the week and storing it in those unused Tupperware tubs in the cupboard – providing you can find the right lid, of course *eyeroll*.
When you’re cooking on your hob, we recommend choosing the right size pan for the burner you’re using. Additionally, pan lids are designed for the specific purpose of keeping heat and moisture inside of the pan, meaning that they help to raise and maintain the temperature of your food. This is a great way of saving morsels of energy in the kitchen.
Your oven often has plenty of features that most of us don’t even realise so get to know it a bit better, each one is different so just mess around (safely) with all of it’s elements. Also, preheating your oven before putting in your food will speed up the cooking process and often save you time and energy.
By switching off the lights and heating in the kitchen when the room is out of use is a common way of saving kitchen energy, but what about things like washing up or using your laundry facilities?
Well we suggest knowing and understanding your washing machine’s optimal load size for the drum. By filling your washing machine to maximum capacity, you can save energy by having fewer washes. Just make sure there isn’t a pesky red sock hiding in your white wash!
The ECO setting on your washing machine is your best friend when it comes to kitchen energy saving. It’s designed to perform a proper, fully adequate wash without unnecessary heat and energy, and it works.
Although convenience is tempting, try alternatives to tumble dryers when it comes to drying your clothes. In the summer use your washing line and in the winter, give your clothes horse by the radiator a go.
Did you know that dishwashers are more energy and water efficient than washing by hand so you finally have an excuse not to spend hours slaving over the sink. It’s true! So step away from the sink and get loading up.
These often come with an eco-cycle option, and just like the washing machine – the results are just as good without using as much power.
When it comes to your kitchen energy usage, it’s the same as the rest of your property. Use your head and think before you work. A smart meter is a great way of monitoring your usage, so consider installing one if you want to really streamline your home’s energy usage.
For more information on kitchen energy or property energy usage of any kind, get in touch with our team. We’re happy to offer advice from a leaky tap to a full heating system and beyond.