Energy bills: 4 ‘bad’ kitchen habits that waste energy and cost you a ‘pretty penny’

The latest forecast for the energy price cap has risen to a new high, with a predicted figure of £6,552 expected by April 2023. While the sharp increase in prices may seem impossible to beat, there are a few simple changes that can be made around the home to help reduce energy bills one step at a time. According to energy-saving experts, the kitchen is a prime area to cut down on energy usage simply by changing the way you use your stove, oven, and other energy-guzzling appliances.

Cutting back on energy consumption in the kitchen isn’t always about using appliances less, but more about the way you use them.

According to the utility costs savings app, Homeselfe, many billpayers are guilty of practicing “bad habits” while cooking that can have a significant impact on the amount of energy consumed.

The savings experts explained that this can be done by changing everything from the dish you cook food in, to the size of the stove ring you use to heat it up.

So what are the energy-wasting mistakes you could be making in the kitchen?

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Using the wrong sized burner

Choosing the largest ring or burner to cook your food doesn’t always mean it will cook more quickly and efficiently, in fact, it is one of the most wasteful habits to adopt in the kitchen.

Homeselfe said: “When you use a small pan on a large sized burner, you are producing more heat than you need, so you are wasting energy.”

It’s not just the size of the stove burner that can make a difference, as the size of the pot is also crucial.

According to the shaker-style kitchen experts, Olive and Barr, using the wrong size pot on your hob can reduce your energy efficiency by as much as 40 percent.

They said: “To solve this issue, try swapping your smaller pans for larger ones, especially when you’re heating liquids on the hob.

“This is because larger pans have a larger surface area, meaning it will be much quicker to heat up and thus help you use a lot less energy.”

Using lids on your pots where possible will also speed up the heating process and improve heat retention.

Using the wrong dish

Pans and stove ring sizes are not the only thing to think about when choosing how to cook your food.

According to Homeselfe, baking trays shouldn’t always be your go-to for oven-baked recipes.

Instead, use a glass or ceramic dish to cook the food equally as fast, at a lower temperature.

Swapping the dish means you can reduce the temperature by around 4C (25 degrees Fahrenheit).

Leaving appliances plugged in

Whether it is a toaster oven, coffee machine, or blender, everyone has an appliance or two in the kitchen that is used more sparingly than others.

The experts at Oliver and Barr noted that the average appliance is responsible for 10-15 percent of your total energy consumption, so it really can make a difference by unplugging them, rather than leaving them in standby mode.

They said: “If it has a light, a digital display, or even a clock on it, then there’s a pretty big chance it will be using unnecessary energy.

“From your coffee machine to your Amazon Alexa, your television to your phone charger – start turning them all off at the plug and save yourself a pretty penny.”