Here are some handy tips for reducing energy around the house
In the Kitchen:
- Use a kettle to boil water for cooking as it is quicker and uses less energy than a pot on the hob.
- Always match the size of the pan with the size of the stove plate.
- Use a microwave to cook as it is quicker and cheaper, 1 oven uses the same power as 18 microwaves.
- Only fill kettle with the amount of water that you need.
- Cut food into smaller sections before cooking to help it cook quicker.
- Make your toast in a toaster, not under the grill.
- Don’t keep opening the oven door while you are cooking.
- Always put a full load of washing in the washing machine and if the weather is good dry the clothes on the line outside.
- If you have a stove with heavy solid plates that retain heat, switch off the plate a few minutes before removing the pot.
- When you open your fridge door for more than a moment, it loses cold air. Cooling it down again will take a lot of electricity. So be quick and don’t let all that cold air out.
- Do not place hot food in the refrigerator or the deep freeze, rather allow it to cool outside first.
- Ensure that the door seals are in good condition and don’t put the refrigerator near the oven.
- Every time you switch on your dishwasher, it’s the same as switching on 120 CFL energy-saving light bulbs. Wait until the dishwasher is full before you switch it on. Use the economy programme wherever possible.
- Clothes should never be placed in the tumble dryer while they are still dripping with water, so be sure to remove excess water.