Don’t have the energy to save energy in the kitchen? Think again.
Putting in the effort to cut back on your energy bill is a lot easier than you might think.
In fact, you’ll save time physically cooking. Meaning more time for eating.
Here are 10 simple changes everyone can make for a more energy-efficient kitchen.
1. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lids
Are you renowned for having mismatched pots and lids? Send out a search party because lids are just as important as their bottom half.
Using a lid allows the heat to stay trapped inside so you can save on energy and time.
2. Pop the Kettle On
Tea lovers will be thrilled to know the kettle is one of the smartest energy-saving appliances in the kitchen. Be smart and use it.
If you’re boiling pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables or anything else on the stove, try putting the kettle on first for a head start. Once it’s boiled, pour the water into the saucepan. You’ll only need to put the stove on low heat to maintain the necessary cooking heat.
3. Defrost Naturally
Why on earth would you use power to defrost anything when time can do it for you?
It only takes a little reminder in the morning to get whatever you need out of the freezer.
If you forget (we understand), a last-minute energy-efficient solution is possible.
Try putting the frozen goods into a bowl and place it into a sink of boiling water to slowly defrost. Like we said earlier, the kettle is your friend.
4. Get Soaking
Ok, this one takes a little more preparation. But soaking oats, rice, pasta or beans for only a few hours in warm water cuts back their cooking time by almost half.
Halfling your energy bill couldn’t be any easier.
5. Shut Up
Sorry if we offended you, but please-oh-please shut the fridge, freezer and oven doors.
Think about what you need to get out of the fridge or freezer before opening it. Letting cool air out only makes the fridge and/or freezer work harder to stay cold.
The same goes for ovens. Releasing the heat will only extend cooking time and up the energy bill.
6. Chop Happy
It’s no surprise cooking a whole potato takes a lot longer than little pieces, even if it is the same amount.
Start chopping your food into smaller pieces to reduce the cooking time.
Potato chips, anyone?
7. Start Slow Cooking
Slow and steady wins the (energy) race. If you’re a fan of stews, curries and one pot wonders, using a slow cooker beats the oven any day.
In fact, the average slow cooker uses only a touch more energy than a light bulb.
Compare this with Canstar Blue’s study revealing one hour of oven time can cost up to $2.
If you use your oven one hour a day, you could be looking at $730 in energy bills a year.
The slow cooker is sounding better and better.
8. Dishwasher’s Rule or Dishwasher Rules?
Do you jump up in excitement to do the dishes? Didn’t think so.
Unfortunately, our pal the dishwasher loves chewing up electricity as well as water.
So how could you possibly save energy while not getting your hands dirty?
Simply fill the dishwasher up. Each cycle uses the exact same amount of water and energy, so don’t waste it on a half-stacked load.
Even better, try hand washing as a form of meditation.
It may sound silly, but the repetitive motions of scrubbing can send the mind into pure relaxation.
The verdict: handwashing gets zen out of ten.
9. Turn Off the Heat Early
Do you follow recipes yet still find your food is overcooking?
Lids could be the culprit.
If you’re cooking in a pot, keeping the lid on even after the power is turned off will trap the heat and continue to cook the contents. The same goes for keeping the oven door shut.
Use this sneaky trick in your favour and start switching power off a touch earlier. You’ll get a tastier result for less energy.
10. Go Raw
No, we’re not promoting a new fad diet. Instead, consider adding more raw food into your meals.
Studies have shown capsicum, beetroot, coconut and broccoli are healthier to eat raw than cooked.
There’s also a sweet-load of raw dessert recipes to try from indulgent cheesecake to healthy bliss balls.
Saving energy never tasted so good.