Going green can often seem like a daunting task, but the easiest and most efficient way to go a little greener, is to start at home. This doesn’t necessarily mean investing in new energy-efficient appliances or solar panels, although these are great ideas. Small changes in your home encourage daily practices and one place to start is in the kitchen.
Making the following changes can help you to save electricity without having to invest in new appliances:
- Match your pot or pan size to the size of the stoveplate. This ensures that the plate is not wasting energy by heating up the air around the pot. Similarly, avoid using a pot or pan that is too large for the plate.
- When you use the stove or oven, turn the heat off slightly before the food is ready to allow the heat remaining in the pot, stove plate or oven to finish cooking the food.
- Use a kettle to heat water. It requires only half of the electricity as boiling water on the stove. Ensure that you don’t boil more water than is needed, that the element is always covered, and that the kettle is turned off when it starts to boil.
- When you cook legumes, such as beans and lentils, let them soak overnight to soften up first and save on cooking time.
- Regularly check that the rubber seal on your oven is intact. Perished seals can allow heat to escape, which results in increased electricity usage.
- As a general rule, use the smallest appliance that you can for your cooking needs to save on energy and always check the energy efficiency ratings.
- Defrost frozen food overnight by leaving it in the fridge rather than using a microwave to defrost it.