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Toptips to save electricity in the kitchen

Whether you’re a wannabe gourmand or a fan of takeout and toast, your kitchen accounts for a large portion of your energy bill. 

Try these simple tips to help you towards a more energy-efficient kitchen. It could help you slice a little (or a lot) off your energy bill.

Couple cooking in kitchen

Conserve energy by focusing on your fridge

Did you know that your fridge uses a massive 13% of your home’s energy? Only air conditioners use more. 

Energy-efficient fridges offer big long-term savings, but if you can’t afford an upgrade, these simple tips will help you love the fridge you’re with.

  • Give your fridge space to breath
    Leaving a 5cm to 8cm gap around your fridge for air to circulate can reduce running costs by around 15%.
  • Keep 20% of your fridge space free 
    Overloading your fridge uses more energy.
  • Check your seals
    Place a piece of paper in the seal and close the fridge door. The paper will hold firmly if the seal is working.
  • Leave leftovers to cool before putting them in the fridge
    The warmer the food, the harder your fridge must work to maintain the temperature, which will impact your energy bills. 
  • Avoid fridge door hangout
    Save energy by deciding what you want before opening the door.
  • Going on holiday? Empty, disconnect and leave the fridge door open 
    Newer models may also have an energy-saving 'holiday' setting.
  • Avoid using a spare fridge, particularly in the garage
    The garage is generally in the hottest space in the house and an older fridge may consume a lot of electricity trying to cool in a hot environment.

Cook up a storm while you save energy with your oven and stove

Making a big impact in the kitchen shouldn’t mean bigger energy bills. Here are some ways to save energy when you’re cooking up a storm.

  • Multitask your oven 
    Consider baking for snacks and lunchboxes while dinner’s on.
  • Use residual heat
    Turn off the oven a few minutes before your dish is done and finish cooking for free.
  • Make use of the microwave
    Microwaves tend to be more energy efficient than ovens because they’re smaller and cook food in less time.
  • Keep the oven door closed and clean
    Keeping things clean allows you to keep an eye on your food without opening the door and losing heat.
  • Choose your burner 
    Using a burner that’s too large for your pan can waste a lot of energy.
  • Chop your vegetables into bitesize chunks
    Smaller pieces = shorter cooking time (and less energy used).
  • Bring out the barbie
    On hot days, use an outdoor grill and cook up a storm while keeping the heat out of your home.

Clean up and reduce electricity usage with your dishwasher

Dishwashers use significantly less water than washing by hand, but there are a few ways to save extra energy when it’s your turn to do the dishes. 

  • Choose the right size dishwasher for your house 
    Too big and you’ll waste energy doing half loads. Too small and you’ll have to do multiple loads
  • Use your dishwasher’s energy-saving mode
    Using the eco or energy-saving mode can save half the water (and water heating energy) used by other cycles. 
  • Air dry your dishes
    If your dishwasher doesn’t have a specific air-dry cycle, stop your dishwasher just before the dry cycle and open the door to let dishes dry naturally. 
  • Fill up before you run
    It sounds obvious but it’s important to only run your dishwasher when it’s full. However, don’t overfill – over stacking could mean dishes don’t wash properly.
  • Keep your dishwasher away from your fridge
    Your fridge will have to work harder due to the heat coming off the dishwasher, which will mean more energy being used. 

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