Having a more energy efficient kitchen isn’t simply about replacing all your appliances with better-performing new ones.
Such a move would be unaffordable for the vast majority of households, and getting the latest models when your current appliances are still working is not always the most sustainable option, if you’re seeking to live a more low-carbon lifestyle.
There might be plenty of life left in what you’ve got, and there are ways to get more out of those existing appliances – while also ensuring that any new ones you do decide to invest in are bringing the carbon and bill savings you’re looking for.
Cleaning up, cutting costs
Starting with clothes washing and drying, you can make an immediate £6-a-year (plus 20kg CO2) saving simply by turning the temperature down to 30 degrees. It uses a massive 40 per cent less electricity.
When looking at energy efficiency in the home, sometimes getting the best out of an appliance can mean not using it at all. If you’ve the space to do so, drying clothes on the line when it’s nice out, rather than using a tumble dryer, is a significant saver – around £30 a year.
Meanwhile, cutting one dishwasher cycle a week by making sure it’s always full before turned on can save £9 on your electricity bill, and water to boot. Cutting a washing machine cycle, based on similar principles, also saves on electricity and saves water: £5 on each annual electricity bill and £8 on your annual water bill if you have a water meter.
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Cooking up savings
Choosing the right appliance for the job in your kitchen can be an important factor in energy performance. Microwaves, for example, are a much more efficient way to cook food than ovens as they heat the food directly rather than the air around it.
Kitchen decisions are a balancing act between form and function – but today’s appliances come with a lot more functions than they used to.
Many ovens now come with a pyrolytic cleaning option, where grease is burned off at high temperatures. While this has its advantages, it’s also a sure way to increase running costs and emissions. You can switch this setting off as a default – and perhaps just stick to a bit of good, old-fashioned elbow grease when required.