by Hayley Jones
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We consume vast amounts of energy in our homes; from entertainment items such as TVs and sound systems to white goods like fridge-freezes and dishwashers, all the energy mounts up and contributes a large chunk to our personal carbon footprints.
Our kitchens are full of energy eating gadgets. Not only do they cost us a lot of money to run – the Energy Saving Trust estimates £1 billion is lost every year just by leaving goods on standby – but they also waste a lot of energy, which means we are producing more carbon dioxide, one of the handful of harmful greenhouses gases, than we need.
Here are three ways you can make your kitchen more energy efficient.
Switch to more energy efficient products
This is the most costly, but over the course of a product’s lifetime, energy efficient products actually save you money in energy costs. Energy efficient products make savings wherever possible and thus require less energy to power them. By using less energy, less electricity is required, so power stations won’t need to produce so much carbon dioxide. Look for energy ratings of ‘A’ on all white goods.
Regularly check all products
Over time products can become worn and damaged. This can lead to inefficiency. Check products every year to make sure cables are connected, there are no exposed or loose wires and connectors are working properly. To do this safely it is worth employing an electrician who can fix and/or replace anything that is faulty.
Fill up, close and cool
Try to avoid using the dishwasher and tumble dryer altogether, but if you must use them make sure they are completely filled to get the most out of them.
Never leave fridge-freezer and oven doors open; take food out and put things in, but don’t leave the door open unnecessarily. A lot of energy is required to keep the fridge-freezer and oven at constant temperatures.
Wash clothes on a cool wash; washing at 30°c uses far less energy than washing at 40°c.
You can find out more about energy saving techniques for your kitchen on the Energy Saving Trust website.