Running An Energy Efficient Kitchen - Our Guide
Running an energy efficient kitchen isn't just about reducing your footprint and helping the environment. It's going to help save you money too - something we all want to do. But how do you go about making your kitchen a more energy and money efficient place?
Here are our tips.
Keep it clean
Your kitchen should be clean at all times anyway. It is the place you prepare everything you eat, after all. But it's also important to keep it clean if you want to preserve energy too. Any burnt pans need a thorough clean, plus, the reflective shine you get from a real clean helps reflect heat up to the cookware too. The dirtier, grimier, and darker it is, the more heat it'll absorb.
When fitting your kitchen out, you should look for the appliances that have been advertised as the most efficient. There's often a mark of approval to signify that the appliance has been built with energy efficiency in mind.
Convection ovens are the go-to choice for anyone looking to save energy. The heated air is circulated which in turn, helps reduce cooking times and the temperature required. In fact, it's thought that you'll use approximately 20% less energy each month with these types of oven.
In general we recommend that you always go for flat bottomed cookware. This type allows for more contact with heating elements which then heats the pan more effectively. Warped-bottom pots can use up to 50% more energy.
The material from which the cookware is manufactured also matters. Pans that have copper bottoms heat quicker than regular pans, thus making them more energy efficient.
Some like to turn the oven or hob on to warm a pan while they prep veg, but this is only wasting energy. Get all the prep done before you turn anything on. Defrost foods in your refrigetrator before cooking too. Just make sure they're well covered.
Those are our top four tips on how to make your kitchen more energy efficient. If you have any other good tips, let us know!