With your appliances constantly operating and your tap always running, the average home kitchen can use a huge amount of water and energy. In contrast, a kitchen that has been designed with energy efficiency in mind can use exceptionally little.
In this blog post, we’ll share five simple tips that you can use to make your kitchen a more energy-efficient, sustainable part of your home. Many of these tips cost little to implement and significantly reduce your energy and water bills over the long term.
Cook your meals in batches
Do you cook two or three times a day? Every time you switch on your oven, you use a significant amount of energy to heat it up to your desired temperature. Even when it’s reached its target temperature, your oven uses a lot of energy to maintain it.
Minimize your cooking-related energy consumption by cooking larger meals to split into smaller portions and reheat later. Instead of preparing lunch and dinner in two separate tasks, prepare them together and reheat later using your microwave.
Install a faucet aerator
Did you know that you’re wasting as much as 50% of the water used to clean your hands or wash out your sink? Installing an aerator on your faucet mixes the stream of water with air to deliver a reduced amount of liquid per use.
The end result is similar functionality – your kitchen sink’s faucet doesn’t become any less useful – with less water consumption. Over time, the amount of water you will save can add up to an incredible amount.
Clean up dishes in batches
Do you clean dishes one at a time as they become dirty? Instead of cleaning every knife, plate or glass as soon as it’s dirty, let dirty dishes and utensils stack up near your sink and clean up when at least five dishes are in your queue.
This tip massively reduces the amount of water you’ll need to use per dish. Also, it pays to plug your sink before you start cleaning up and using switching off the tap while you scrub to avoid letting excess water flow down the drain.
Defrost food in the fridge
Do you defrost frozen food in the microwave? Instead of running it for 5-10 minutes and using a significant amount of energy in the process, place frozen meat and meals in the fridge to let them defrost naturally.
It’s also important to be quick and deliberate when opening your fridge. Never leave the door open for more than 5-10 seconds at once; the change in temperature puts a significant strain on your fridge and makes it use a greater amount of energy.
Only use as much water as you need
When you’re boiling rice of spaghetti on the stove, it can be tempting to fill up pots almost to the brim before placing them on the stove. Avoid overfilling your pots by only using as much water as you need.
You can also save water while cooking by using the absorption method to prepare rice and some types of noodles. Instead of boiling them and draining the water, let them soak up water naturally to avoid wasting water and excess energy.