10 simple kitchen hacks that will cut UK household energy bills
WHEN cooking a daily meal in our busy schedules, it’s always best to be energy and time efficient.
The sudden spike in energy bills has prompted many people to look for ways to reduce their gas and electricity consumption, and although things like central heating and hot water are often at the top of the list, a area sometimes overlooked is the kitchen.
From cups of tea to three-course meals, preparing food and drink requires many different appliances – and by optimizing the way you use them, you can reduce the amount of energy spent.
Britons will be more careful about the way they cook as energy bills soar, as it could drastically reduce energy consumption and lower the cost of bills
The budget pros NetVoucherCodes.co.uk advise people on the best ways to cook more efficiently in the kitchen.
And with the recent rise in energy prices, those looking to be more energy efficient may find that there are ways to save money too.
A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: ‘There are many quick, easy and simple changes we can all make to our daily routines to help save energy around the home, particularly when it comes to concerns the kitchen.
“The kitchen is the heart of the home and for this reason, it is not surprising that it is where we consume the most energy.
“Changing the pots and pans we use or stewing in the slow cooker instead of the oven are just a few ways to be more conscious of our energy use.”
NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s 10 tips for saving energy in the kitchen:
1. Bake as much as possible in one go
When cooking a big meal like a Sunday roast, be sure to prep all your vegetables ahead of time so they can go in the oven at the same time. By timing it correctly, you can ensure that all of the heat and space in your oven is properly utilized. This will reduce the operating time of your oven and save you energy.
2. Use the microwave
The low power consumption and fast cooking times of microwaves make them one of the most energy efficient appliances. Due to their small size, microwaves require no preheating and are able to transfer heat to your food much faster than an oven.
3. Choose the right pans for your cooktop
If you use an electric hob at home, be sure to buy pans with flat bottoms. These work best to make full contact with the electrical rings and allow heat to spread more evenly. In turn, they will cook your food faster; save you time and energy.
4. Opt for the slow cooker
Slow cookers use energy equivalent to that of a light bulb. More than 15 hours of slow cooking is equivalent to just 1 hour in an electric oven, so this appliance is a must when it comes to energy efficiency.
5. Use fan-assisted or convection ovens
Fan-assisted or convection ovens circulate heat around your food as it cooks, allowing the job to be done at a lower temperature than a traditional oven. Fan-assisted ovens use 20℃ less to achieve the equivalent of gas mark 6, making them the most energy-efficient option for your home.
6. Boil Potatoes Before Roasting
Parboiling potatoes for 5-10 minutes before putting them in the oven not only helps soften them, but also means they take less time to cook, which saves all-important energy.
7. Cut cooking time in half by thawing meat in the fridge overnight
If you’re planning on cooking roast beef or roast chicken from frozen, be sure to thaw it in the fridge the night before or even in the morning before you decide to cook it. This could cut the cooking time in half; save you money on your bills.
8. Turn the oven off 10 minutes before the end – it will retain the heat and continue cooking
An electric oven can be much more expensive to operate than a gas oven. A great tip to save energy and money when using your electric oven is to turn it off 10 minutes before your food is ready. The oven temperature will remain the same and continue to cook your food.
9. Use glass or ceramic dishes
Using glass or ceramic ovenware will not only cook your food faster, but also be more energy efficient and economical. Glass and ceramic dishes retain heat much better than metal. You can even set the heat lower using these dishes due to their increased efficiency.
10. Use the kettle to boil water
If you’re cooking pasta, boiling potatoes or vegetables, use your kettle to boil as much water as you need, then transfer it to the hob. Using electricity from the kettle to boil your water will cost less than boiling it cold on the hob.