In most households, the kitchen is the most energy intensive room. To do your part for the environment and save on your monthly bills, there are many things that you can do ensure that your kitchen appliances run more efficiently when it comes to energy usage.
Pay Attention to Energy Ratings
Today, energy ratings range from D (for using the most energy) to A+++ (for using the least amount of energy). Be sure to pay close attention to this figure when shopping for new appliances. According to a test by Which.co.uk, the most energy efficient fridge costs £25 to operate per year. The fridge with the lowest rating cost £87. So, you can save over £60 per year by purchasing a top-rated model. If you invest in several energy efficient appliances, you will see the savings accumulate very quickly.
Practice Energy-Efficient Cooking
Ovens and hobs offer up many energy-saving strategies. Nowadays, preheating is not common practice, as many ovens heat up very quickly. You can turn your oven on and start cooking your meal almost immediately. The Bosch HBG73R550B Multi-Function Oven and the CDA 9Q6 Double Oven are two of many ovens designed to eliminate the need for pre-heating.
You can also save energy during the cooking process. When cooking flexible meals like roasted potatoes or pasta bakes, you can turn off the oven up to 10 minutes early and allow the residual heat to finish cooking. Another useful tactic is to cook two dishes at once if they must be heated at similar temperatures. It is also advised to use microwaves or toaster ovens when you can, as they can save up to 80% more energy than cooking with the oven.
Save Water With Your Dishwashers
Dishwashers tend to use up quite a lot of water, but they don’t necessarily have to. You can cut back on water usage by only using the dishwasher when it is full (but not overloaded) and staying away from using the built-in drying feature. Allowing your dishes to air dry overnight will save a great deal of energy.
Many homeowners choose to prewash or rinse their dishes, but there is no need. It is advised that you simply remove any extra scraps and place your dishes right into the washer. The only time you will need to prewash is when there is particularly stubborn particles, such as burned-on food.