Electricity and gas : consumption 3 May 2022 • 4 minutes
Reduce your energy consumption when cooking – it can be done! From using the right utensils to optimising your cooking time: discover seven simple, effective tips on how to save energy in the kitchen!
Reducing the energy used in your kitchen is easy!
Did you know?An electric hob consumes twice as much energy as a gas cooker, and an induction hob consumes 20% less energy than a ceramic hob.
Rather than opening the door of your oven, losing significant amounts of heat, use the interior light to see whether your dish is ready! Use a fan oven and/or combined oven and microwave to reduce cooking times and prepare several dishes at the same time.
Did you know? Washing up by hand uses five times more water and energy than using a dishwasher!
There is always a peak in household consumption between 6 pm and 8 pm. The grid has to use top-up power plants, which cause more pollution, to make up for increase in demand. If you can’t be home at the right time, program your dishwasher’s timer.
Beating eggs, squeezing oranges and slicing vegetables – in the kitchen, lots of electrical appliances help save time in exchange for a little electricity consumption.
By using their mechanical equivalents instead (and a little elbow-grease), you can save energy and reduce your environmental footprint by a corresponding amount!
As well as providing better lighting, LED bulbs consume much less energy and last longer than conventional bulbs. Despite a higher purchase price, low-energy bulbs will save you money in the long term.
An electrical appliance with an A+++ energy rating (the highest) will consume less than an appliance rated A, B, C or D.
When buying new equipment, check this label, which is mandatory for fridges and freezers, dishwashers, light bulbs, ovens and extractor fans. The label also states the electricity consumption in kWh/year and the water consumption (in litres) for washing machines. Did you know? To convert kWh/year into euros, just divide by four. 1 kWh costs €0.25 on average. When you combine this with an energy supplier with a low kWh price, you can only save money!
Fridges and freezers are among the most energy-intensive electrical appliances in the home. As they operate all year round, fridges and freezers alone represent no less than 18% of a household’s electricity consumption!