How to Save Energy in the Kitchen
We spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen. In fact the kitchen, in most households, is the most used room.
It’s not surprising with all the appliances, from the toaster to the fridge, that the kitchen uses nearly 50% of the energy we use every month.
We all want to save money, especially on our energy bills, and the kitchen is a great place to start.
In this DIY Kitchens Guide we provide you with some practical advice and tips on ways you can save energy and money in your kitchen.
Appliances – If you are looking to buy new appliances for your kitchen then look at the European (or equivalent in your country) label. The higher the energy rating the more efficient they are and these are the ones you should be buying.
Normally European energy ratings are A, B, C, D etc but with advances in technology it’s now possible to buy appliances with A+, A++ and higher.
Fridge – Check the temperature settings. It should be set between 3 to 5 degrees. Any more than this and you are simply wasting energy and money.
Did you know that if you set your fridge colder than 5 degrees you could end up spoiling the very food you are trying to keep fresh.
So not only are you wasting energy, your wasting money keeping it cooler and your wasting money buy having to throw more food out.
Freezer – Set your freezer at -18 degrees. Try and ensure that the freezer is as full as possible, as any air that you have takes more energy to keep cold.
Each time you open the freezer the air heats up quickly and takes up a lot of energy to bring it back to the -18 degrees.
If you have a problem filling your freezer consider a smaller freezer or fill it with ice packs – this will help reduce the energy and cost of running the appliance.
Remember to defrost your freezer, if your model is not a frost-free model. Having a frost build up of more than 5cm will mean the freezer has to work harder and therefore use more energy and cost you more to run.
If you are in the market for a new freezer then buy a frost-free version that has an energy rating of A+ or more.
Washing Machine – Most modern washing machines have an eco setting and you should use this whenever possible. Most modern detergents now allow you to do the laundry at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees and this saves energy and money.
To give you a clear picture, by doing your washing at 30 degrees, instead of 40 degrees you can save up to 40% of the energy used when doing your laundry.
Tumble Dryer – Are you aware that each time dry a full load of cloths in a tumble dryer it’s costing you around 60p?
There are times, especially in bad weather, where the tumble dryer really helps, but the truth is it is far more cost efficient to hang your cloths outside and let the wind dry them – which is completely free.
If you don’t have much space in your garden for a clothes line then consider a rotary clothes line. These are so easy to fit and will end up saving you a lot of money.
Kitchen Lighting – Try fitting energy saving light bulbs, such as CFL or LED bulbs. These are far more energy efficient and can save you a huge amount of money each year from kitchen.
Dishwasher – While these are very convenient you should only use them once you have a full load otherwise you are just wasting energy and money.
If you only have a couple of items to wash up then use the sink. You’ll end up using less water, no energy (apart from your own) and it much cheaper.
Kettle – If all you are doing is making one cup of tea or coffee then don’t fill the kettle to the full level. Use just enough water to make what you need and you’ll end up saving energy and money.
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