Energy bills: kitchen appliances are one of the “easiest places” to cut costs

Price caps, which were introduced in 2019, set a limit on the maximum amount suppliers can charge for each unit of gas and electricity used. It is reviewed every six months, with the cap increasing by 54% tomorrow. While many people are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption, one expert has explained how to be mindful of energy when it comes to cooking.

Mark Smithson, CEO of National Electrical Appliance Experts, Electrical brandstold Express.co.uk: “With energy bills continuing to rise, our kitchen appliances may be one of the easiest places to cut costs.

“Knowing how to read energy labels, making sure the appliances you use are the right size and being aware of how we use our appliances are all hugely important in keeping costs down.”

When it comes to cooking, many may worry about the amount of energy needed to heat up the oven, especially if it’s been on for a long time.

According to Mark, there are “simple” ways to save energy when cooking without affecting the quality of the meal.

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“Or just avoid overfilling and save £8 a year on your electricity bill.”

If you’re moving house or looking to renovate the kitchen, investing in a boiling water tap can save households a “considerable amount of money”, according to Quooker.

Mark added: “Also, always cover your pots and pans with a lid to encourage the water to boil faster and turn off the heat a few minutes before your food is fully cooked, especially if you have a hob. while they take a while to cool down and will continue to cook your food when turned off.

Uswitch said a standard oven typically costs around 18p per hour of use.

Since ovens are usually on for a longer period of time than a microwave, the amount of money it costs per use is very similar.

However, Uswitch said a microwave is more energy efficient, which means it’s usually better to use it instead.

Households can save more by turning microwaves off at the plug after use.

According to Energy Saving Trust, microwaves are one of the household appliances that “draw electricity” when left on standby.

Mark also recommended turning off appliances at the light switch.

He said: “Leaving your appliances on standby can lead to many hidden costs, with the average UK household spending £40 a year to power appliances on standby, according to Energy Saving Trust.

“You may not be able to completely switch off all your appliances, for example your fridge or freezer, but dishwashers, microwaves and toasters can all be switched off at the socket to save money and energy.”

Being mindful of water use and investing in energy-efficient appliances can also help Brits save money on their bills.

Karl M. Bailey