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6 ways to save energy in your kitchen

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When it comes to our homes, a big priority now is to save energy wherever possible. The cost of living crisis is a big problem, but even when things calm down, saving money is always going to be high on the agenda.

Your kitchen is one area where you can spend a lot of money. It is the center of the home where you are likely to not only cook, but spend time with your family. So how can you save energy in your kitchen? I have come up with some suggestions that should help you.

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Choose energy efficient products

One of the first things you should do is to use energy efficient products. Your appliances such as the fridge, freezer, washing machine, and then dishwasher and tumble dryer if you have them, are all energy suckers in your kitchen.

However, if they are older, they will use more energy than their new energy-efficient equivalents. This is also something to consider when it comes to your smaller appliances such as your kettle, toaster and iron. The newer the product, the more energy efficient it will be.

Save energy while cooking

Another important factor is to consider saving energy while cooking. Cooking is one of the main goals of your kitchen, but is it possible to save money while cooking?

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A change of habits may be the key. I have some suggestions on how you can save energy when cooking.

Use the kettle to boil water

If you need boiling water for rice or pasta, or a recipe calls for boiling water, then use your kettle for the correct amount you need. The kettle cooks faster and therefore saves you energy than leaving a pan on the stove. Always boil the amount of water you need, boiling more will use more energy.

Air fryers, slow cookers and microwaves

There are kitchen appliances that can save you money when cooking. Appliances such as slow cookers, air fryers and even microwaves use less energy than an oven.

Use the oven for several things at the same time

If you do have to use your oven, don’t just cook one thing in it. You can use the heat of the oven to cook all aspects of your meal. Mashed potato, rice, and even your dessert. Cook it all at the same time and you’ll only use your oven once. If you’re cooking together for a few days, it’s a great way to use your oven for everything and save energy.

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Turn off the oven a few minutes before you need to finish cooking

The residual heat will continue to cook whatever is in it, but the oven is no longer using energy because you will have turned it off.

Do not leave devices on standby

If you are one of those people who have devices plugged in all day every day, then now is the time to get into the habit of unplugging them from the mains.

You can also disconnect them when not in use. This won’t work for some appliances you need all the time like a fridge or freezer, but you can certainly do it for things like a kettle or toaster.

This can save you quite a bit of money. You can also turn off appliances such as your oven, your washing machine and your dishwasher. Leaving them on standby means they use up residual energy. It may only be a small amount, but it all adds up.

Use the right size device for your needs

If you don’t have the right size appliance for what you need, you may be paying more energy than necessary. For example, if you have a large fridge/freezer but only use half the space, it will be more cost effective to invest in a smaller version.

The same can be said of the washing machine, if you only fill it halfway, but the drum is large and designed for large loads, then you will use more energy.

Fill the washing machine and dishwasher every time

Do not use a washing machine cycle or a dishwasher cycle unless they are fully loaded. You’ll use the same amount of energy anyway, so you might as well fill it up and use it less often.

Store food correctly

Finally, make sure you store food correctly. This means not putting hot food in the freezer and fridge. You use more energy by doing this as the device has to work harder to bring the temperature down.

Also make sure you don’t always open the fridge and freezer, or leave the doors open for too long, because again the appliance has to work harder, and use more energy, to get it back up to temperature.

I hope these tips help you when it comes to saving energy in your kitchen.

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