Print Posted on 27/07/2017

Saving energy in the kitchen

Saving energy in the kitchen

Cooking is something we do in our kitchens every day, so we probably don’t realise how much energy is actually being used. And when we start cooking roasts and other warming food during winter, our energy bills are likely rising again.

According to Synergy, kitchen appliances make up around 18% of a household’s energy use. Thankfully, there are some ways we can try and reduce this usage and in turn, our energy bills:

  • Clean your rangehood or exhaust fan - removing grease from the vents will keep your rangehood running efficiently.
  •  Don't let heat escape through your oven seal - check your oven seal is in good condition and replace if needed.
  • Resist the urge to check on your roast - opening the oven door while cooking lowers the oven temperature and uses more energy to heat it back up.
  • Where possible, use the microwave - microwaves use a lot less energy than ovens, so use it when you can.
  • Switch the microwave off at the wall - when your microwave is on standby, it’s just an expensive clock. Only switch it on when you need it.
  • Choose the right pots and pans - use pots and pans with tight fitting lids and flat bases that cover the entire hotplate to minimise energy loss.
  • Fire up the barbie once a week - give your electric appliances a break and use your barbecue one night a week.