You can lower your energy bills by using these kitchen items more efficiently
The cost of living crisis is raging and UK households are seeing their energy prices soar as the price cap rises by 54%.
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One way to try to keep costs from skyrocketing is to change the way you use energy-consuming devices. We spoke to the kitchen maker Kesseler to find out what the worst culprits in your kitchen are.
Here’s Kesseler’s verdict on the five most energy-consuming kitchen appliances, plus tips for keeping your bills down.
They may be essential, but according to Kesseler, the refrigerator is by far the most energy-intensive appliance in the home, consuming about a third of all the electricity a typical household uses.
While no one is suggesting doing away with fridges and going back to the days of coolers, it’s important to make sure your unit is set to the right temperature.
Kesseler’s Nic Shacklock explains, “Many people find their refrigerator dips much lower than necessary, and this uses more energy to keep the temperature down, especially after the door is opened, allowing cold air to escape.
Shacklock says those looking to buy a new fridge should opt for one with the new A+++ energy rating, which uses up to 80% less electricity than a Class D fridge.
2. Wine cellar
Far from being a necessity, but nevertheless very popular, wine coolers will consume a lot of energy if you let them.
Shacklock says, “A lot of people turn their wine cellar volume down too much. A lighter white wine like a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc should be served between 7 and 10 degrees C while a more full-bodied white wine like a Chardonnay should be served at a warmer temperature of 10-13 degrees C, which means you can turn up the chiller thermostat and use less energy.
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It may seem like the world wants to get us addicted to caffeine, but it’s worth thinking about how much water you really need in your kettle, because heating less water will use less electricity.
According to Shacklock, overfilling your kettle means it will take much longer to boil the water, which will consume energy unnecessarily.
“If you only boil [water] to brew one cup of tea at a time, you could cut your energy bills by up to 75% compared to filling the kettle each time.
4. Electric hob
If you are planning to update your kitchen appliances, take note. When it comes to gas hobs vs electric hobs you might be interested to know that an electric hob adds around £90 a year to energy bills as they take more time to heat up than their gas counterparts.
Shacklock recommends using a microwave as an alternative for heating food: “We find that microwaves are actually quite energy efficient. A relatively standard microwave oven (800 W, Class E) will consume approximately 0.09 kWh of electricity for every five minutes of use. »
When using the cooktop, it is imperative that you use the correct size pan. Using a smaller pan on a large hob will not heat it faster but it will waste more energy.
Avoid cleaning your oven at all costs? You’re not alone, but it can contribute to higher energy bills.
Yes, unfortunately a clean oven is more efficient than a cooked oven in last week’s cooking – that’s because the heat is absorbed by the soot and grease deposits, rather than your food, which results in longer cooking time and higher energy consumption.
Dirty ovens can add up to £30 to your annual energy bill, and leaving the door open longer than necessary can also waste energy.
Using an air fryer for cooking whenever possible, however, could save you money: “An average air fryer will use about 0.75 kWh for half an hour of cooking (and only takes a moment to reach the temperature).
“In contrast, the average oven will take 10 minutes just to reach cooking temperature, and then 30 minutes of cooking will use an average of 1.5 kWh,” says Shacklock.
This is food for thought.
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