Energy-efficient kitchen tips

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With food prices and energy bills rising, we’re all on the lookout for ways to cut costs and become more energy-efficient. 

Here are some top tips to help you save energy — and money — while cooking.

Air-fryers, microwaves, and pressure cookers

Ovens aren’t always the most efficient way to cook. Using a microwave, pressure cooker or air fryer instead will often be cheaper. 

Microwaves usually save energy as they cook faster. For example, a baked potato could take 70 minutes in an oven, 60 minutes in an air fryer or 8 minutes in a microwave.

But various factors will affect the amount of energy you use. The efficiency of your oven, for example, will be affected by its size and how well it is insulated.

Try a three-tier steamer

Try boiling rice at the bottom, cooking fish in the next tier and your veg in the third tier. The steam from the bottom will help the other dishes cook. That’s a whole meal cooked on one hob ring.

Use larger, wider pans

A small amount of liquid on a large surface area takes less time and therefore less energy to heat. And putting lids on your pots and pans when boiling or simmering means you’ll use less energy to heat your food. 

Only use the water you need

Boiling extra water takes more time and energy. It is important to just use enough to cover what you are cooking. Remember you can always add extra – topping up won’t use as much energy as heating the first time around. Remember to keep an eye on boiling pots or pans, to prevent boiling over.

Cook enough for leftovers

Cook more than you need so you have tomorrow’s lunch or dinner ready to go. This will save time and energy cooking the next day,  as you can just heat the leftovers up in a microwave. However, remember to always make sure foods can be reheated first.

You might be surprised at how these small steps towards being more energy-efficient can make a big difference overall.

18 September, 2023

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