From boiling large pots of pasta, to running taps and hot ovens, the kitchen can easily become an energy wasting hotspot.
The Energy Saving Trust has just celebrated it’s 13th Energy Saving Week (19-25 October) and we’ve come across some great tips to help you use less energy in your kitchen, saving energy and cutting your bills.
There are some really simple things you can do to save energy and money, such as boiling just enough water for a cup of tea and defrosting food overnight. Click here for the Energy Saving tips.
Magnet also has some advice on helping reduce the environmental impact of the nation’s kitchens:
1 – Get some recycling gadgets
Why not install some gadgets to make recycling part of your kitchen’s design? Magnet’s three-part recycling bin makes it easy to sort your rubbish, making recycling simple. It’s hidden away so there’s no need to clutter your kitchen with boxes and compost bins.
2 – Buy energy saving kitchen appliances
Installing energy efficient appliances in your kitchen can cut energy costs dramatically and reduce energy waste. Magnet’s Insinkerator Hot Water tap can be built into kitchen sink designs and costs as little as 2p per day to run. The tap dispenses hot water up to 98 degrees (as well as cold filtered water) so you don’t need to keep boiling the kettle.
3 – Fix leaky taps
Fixing leaky taps could save up to 25 litres of water a day. Worn washers are a common problem and can easily be replaced. You’ll use much less water by washing fruit and vegetables in a bowl instead of under a running tap.
4 – Turn appliances off!
The kitchen is full of electrical appliances that are left switched on day and night. Turn off toasters, microwaves and kettles from the mains switch every night for a noticeable reduction in your bills.
Magnet predicts the trend for LED lighting is set to become more popular, as a stylish, practical lighting solution with environmental benefits.
Magnet has also recently launched a range of ECO worktops made from recycled and eco-friendly natural materials in the UK, so you can now enjoy a kitchen that’s stylish and won’t cost the earth.