Energy bills are already very high and are expected to skyrocket with a 54% increase in April.
A new report has revealed that a third of people say they couldn’t afford to heat their homes this winter.
Some people say they skip meals and take out loans to cover expenses.
But hope isn’t lost yet as there are ways to cut your energy bills – with a number of people already recommending things like lowering your thermostat, wearing warm clothes and keeping the curtains closed at night.
But there are also ways to cut costs in your kitchen, reports WalesOnline.
Head here for the latest cost of living news
A TikTok user claimed you would save £400 a year if when you boil your kettle you fill it up and then keep the water you don’t use hot in a thermos.
But experts say the cost of running a kettle each year should only be around £25 anyway.
Kitchen design and retail specialist Magnet took the 20 most commonly used kitchen appliances in the UK to determine which use the most energy and how much they cost to run each year based on their average length of use.
With that in mind, the experts at Magnet have also shared their top tips on how to save energy in your kitchen to help lower your bills, without leaving the hard work to you.
Magnet calculated the annual running costs of the top 20 kitchen appliances by combining the average rated power and the estimated number of hours of annual use. This was done to the UK electricity average for June 2021 (19.63p per kWh).
Research shows that your dishwasher is probably costing you the most in terms of annual energy bills. Although it won’t be on for as many hours as some other devices, it does consume a lot of power. In 12 months the device will use an average of 1,355,063 watts at a hefty total cost of £266. That’s more than the cost of 24-hour use of a fridge-freezer, priced at £257.94.
At the very bottom of the list is the blender. The device uses only 4,258 watts per year, at a total cost of 90 pence. Juicers won’t break the bank either, using an average of 10,646 watts each year, the cost after that will be just £2.09 a year – and that’s even if you use it for five minutes each day .
Six expert tips for saving energy in the kitchen
If you’re looking for ways to save energy (and money) in your kitchen, the experts at Magnet have provided six tips to get you started.
Avoid leaving your devices on standby or on
While it’s understandable that some appliances in your home can’t be turned off, like the fridge-freezer, other appliances waste energy. You can save energy simply by switching off the plug to prevent appliances such as the dishwasher, microwave or toaster from using phantom energy. Encourage yourself to make a habit of turning these devices off when not in use and you’ll save money instantly.
Invest in smart, energy-efficient devices
One of the best ways to save energy in your kitchen is to invest in smart appliances. Older devices often consume a considerable amount of power due to their low efficiency, so it may be worth upgrading them. Although it may cost you upfront, you’ll save a lot more time, energy, and money in the long run.
Use the right size device for your needs
Appliances such as fridge-freezers, dishwashers and washing machines are all becoming more and more energy efficient. However, if your devices are too big for your needs, they will still waste a lot of power. If you live alone, you probably won’t need a family-sized fridge-freezer, so go smaller and save money and energy.
Use your fridge and freezer efficiently
As Magnet’s research shows, your fridge-freezer is one of the biggest energy consumers because it’s constantly on. A simple way to reduce its energy consumption is to help the device maintain or restore its correct temperature as quickly as possible. You can do this by making sure cooked food is cooled before putting it in the fridge-freezer, by not leaving the doors open for long periods of time, by closing the doors properly and making sure the seals are working properly. To check the seal, close a piece of paper in the door – if it can be easily removed, it needs to be fixed!
The location of your fridge-freezer in your kitchen is also important for saving energy. Try to keep it away from heat sources such as sunlight, your oven, or radiators. Also make sure it has good ventilation by leaving gaps (5-10cm) between the sides, back and top of the fridge-freezer so that the hot air that is expelled can escape .
Energy efficient cooking
The main reason we use our kitchens is to cook, so why not save energy while doing so. You can reduce your daily energy consumption by simply changing a few simple steps such as covering pots and pans with a lid to encourage water to boil faster and use less energy. Turning off the heat a few minutes before the end of cooking is also a great way to save energy, as the heat will be retained as the cooktop cools.
Reduce the amount of water you use
To help lower your bills, you can also focus on reducing the amount of water you waste. It’s estimated that 10% of the water we use at home is used in cooking – so that’s a good place to start.
You can take small steps to achieve this by being more efficient with your use. Despite the use of more energy, the research of Which? found that dishwashers use considerably less water than hand washing – even the least water-efficient models use 50% less. However, you can also take steps to reduce energy and water consumption, such as making sure you only boil the amount of water needed for cooking or making a hot drink.
Hayley Simmons, Commercial Range Manager at Magnet, said: “To save energy in your kitchen, you can start by reducing your consumption a little each day using Magnet’s top tips. By sticking to these small changes, you can start benefiting the environment and saving money in the long run.
“If you want to make sure you save as much energy as possible, invest in advanced technology, smart kitchens and appliances to ensure your home has the best energy rating and lowers your carbon footprint.”
For the latest local news in your area straight to your inbox every day, go here to sign up for our free newsletter