The kitchen is the room in your home that likely uses the most energy. Kitchen appliances can be quite energy-intensive, and there are many things that you can do to save electricity while using various products.
Newer refrigerators can use up to 200 kWh in a month, but many households are still fitted with refrigerators from the 1980s and 1990s which can use more than 400 kWh. Whether or not your fridge has a high energy rating, there are several steps that you can take to cut back on its energy usage.
Firstly, have a look at the thermostat. Many households set the thermostat far too low, using more energy than is necessary to cool their food. In fridges, the ideal temperature is about 3 degrees centigrade. In freezers, it is about -17 degrees centigrade.
It is also important to keep the fridge door closed as much as possible. So, try labelling your food so that you can find what you’re looking for easily rather than keeping the door open to search.
The best advice that is offered for making your tumble dryer most efficient is simply: don’t use it. Whenever possible, hang your clothes outside or use an indoor laundry rack.
Gas hobs and gas ovens are the most energy efficient models on the market. The cost to run a gas cooker is about £0.04 per hour – whereas the cost of running an electric cooker can cost up to £.30 per hour. So, if you’re looking to save energy, gas is the way to.
However, if your home is not set up for gas cooking, there are plenty of things that you can do to save energy. Cooking one-pot meals is a great way to use less energy on the hob. It is also wise to cook in bulk, making enough food for several days so that you do not have to use your cooker or hob every day in the week.
Fortunately, all of these appliances are also available in low-energy variations – such as the Bosch Ecologixx 7 tumble dryer or the Bosch A++-rated integrated fridge. When you purchase an appliance, be sure to look at the energy rating. A rating of A or higher will help to you to save money on your household bills annually.