Saving Money in the Kitchen

Energy efficient appliances

  • All new kitchen appliances are given an energy-efficient rating between A and G, where A uses the least energy. Since July 2012, all new appliances must have a minimum rating of A+, and many are rated A++.

Kettle

  • Only fill it with the water you need and save around £7 a year

Washing up

  • Use a bowl rather than a running tap and save up to £30 a year on energy bills

Saucepans

  •  Keep a lid on it and only use the water you need
  • Chunk Up: Cut food into smaller pieces to help it cook faster. Put lids on your saucepans to stop the heat escaping and reduce cooking time.
  • Always use the correct size ring for the size of the pan you are using.

Fridges

  • Replace your old one with a new Energy Saving version and use 60% less electricity
  • Defrost: fridges and freezers regularly to improve their efficiency and vacuum clean the coils at the back to allow the heat to escape.
  • Keep it closed: Try not to leave your fridge door open. Each minute the door is open takes three minutes of energy to cool down again.
  • Fill them up: Try to keep the fridge and freezer three quarters full and defrost them regularly. You can put empty bottles of water in your fridge to fill them up if empty. Keeping your freezer fairly full can save you up to 40% of its energy use.
  • Don’t cool it: Never put hot food in your fridge or freezer as it makes it work harder than it needs to.
  • Don’t go low: Make sure to set your thermostat to the correct temperature –if it’s too low your appliance will use more energy, and may cause your food to go bad quickly.

Washing machine

  • Wash cooler: 85% of the energy that a washing machine uses goes towards heating the water, so switch to a cooler wash. Washing at 30C uses a third less electricity. Modern washing powders are now designed to be more effective at lower temperatures.
  • Fill it up: Put full loads in your washing machine and wait until your dishwasher is full before turning it on. De-scaling these appliances will also help them run more efficiently.
  • Dry your clothes outside: This way you’ll save energy normally used by your tumble dryer –it can be worth around £15 a year on your electricity bill. In the winter, put your clothes on a clothes-horse rather than on the radiator, as covering the radiator will make your boiler work harder than it needs to.
  • Cut down on a wash per week: just one less weekly cycle with your washing machine will save £5 a year on energy and a further £8 on metered water bills
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