In many households the kitchen serves as the epicentre of the house; but when you consider the amount of money we are spending on energy used in this room it could be more costly than you think. The appliances found in the kitchen often account for over 50% of all energy used in our homes and when you consider exactly how much we use the appliances in this room it’s hardly surprising.
For example, the common fridge freezer is active 24 hours a day, and other household appliances like the toaster and kettle use a large amount of electricity to give us the hot snacks and drinks that we are used to. But fear not, with the use of some of these handy tips and tricks you can combat the rising cost of electricity.
If you’re looking to replace old appliances, there are some fantastic energy saving products now available on the market that use much less electricity and water to operate. Keep any eye open for a score of ‘A’ or above on the European energy label which indicates the appliance is energy efficient; in fact such excellent progress has been made in the creation of energy efficient appliances that rating such as A+ and A++ have been added to the list!
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If you’re not looking to replace your large appliances such as your fridge freezer and washing machine, there are plenty of other things you can do to cut the cost of your energy bills. For example, many people assume their fridge is already set to the correct level but it is always worth checking that your fridge is set between 3 and 5 degrees; anything cooler than that is costing you money and wasting energy.
By filling your freezer as much as possible, you can reduce the amount of air that is being cooled; this may seem odd but it takes a lot of energy to cool warm air, and every time you open the door to remove food products that empty space is being filled with warmer air. By packing the empty space with ice packs you can reduce the energy the freezer needs to cool the space and therefore make another cut to your energy bills.
Rather than over using the household laundry drier, why not dry your clothes naturally whenever possible; a warm or breezy day is great for hanging out a load of washed clothing and will dry them within a few hours. Over using your drier could be costing you around £150 a year, so cutting down on your usage to just cold or rainy days could cut this figure by more than half!
So there we are; some fantastic energy saving household tips to help you cut utility bills and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Daniel Travis – Brown is always looking for new ways to create a more energy efficient household and loves to share his tips and findings on behalf of Tapshop321 kitchen taps; for more great info find Dan on Twitter @DanTravisBrown