Top 5 Energy Wasters in Your Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house and can be the biggest energy user. However, if you’re not careful, it could also be the biggest energy waster. Here are the top 5 energy wasting appliances in your kitchen and the small changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills.
At ReGen Waste, we have 5 tips to help you reduce wastage in your kitchen that can help any household type.
Everyone loves a cuppa, but did you know using that the kettle can be a huge energy waster? If you over-fill the kettle and boil more water than you need, you could waste enough energy to power a TV for a whole day. Save energy by ensuring you are only filling the kettle with what you need when making a hot drink.
Microwaving your food is more energy efficient than using the hob or the oven, particularly for smaller portions. Reheating food and planning your meals can actually help you reduce food waste as well. However, it is important to remember to turn off the appliance at the plug rather than leaving it on standby.
Your cooker can waste a lot of energy, so it is important to be smart with your cooking. Try to always cover your pots and pans when boiling water as this will use less energy to heat your food. Also, when cooking food in the oven, don’t open the door repeatedly as this will let out hot air and waste energy.
It is important to ensure you are using your dishwasher efficiently by aiming for a full load each time you use it as this will save the need for multiple uses. If you can only half-fill it, why not wash the dishes by hand as this will save energy and money. Also try to choose energy-saving or ECO dishwasher programmes; these may take longer but will use the least amount of energy.
As your fridge freezer needs to remain on 24/7, it can be difficult to reduce the amount of energy it uses however, there are a few things which can be done to avoid wasting energy. When choosing an appliance, aim to choose one with an efficiency rating of A+ or higher. Also, ensure that the door is always closed properly. If it is left ajar for long periods of time, it will use more energy to keep the food cool.
Our mission at ReGen may not start in your kitchen, but we know how to help reduce wastage domestically and in business. Our team are devoted to reducing waste in all its forms and we use modern methods to combat the problem. Learn more about our work here or for more info on how we can provide a waste solution to your business, contact us now.