Energy-efficient kitchen appliances include a slow cooker to cut bills | Personal finance | Finance

The Laica Dual Flo electric kettle, the Andrew James slow cooker and the Ninja Air AF100 fryer (Picture: Birmingham Live)

With rising bills, many people are trying to reduce their energy consumption around the house. A room full of energy-hungry appliances is the kitchen, so Rebecca Astill from birmingham live looked at alternatives to save us money.

Rebecca said: “Most of my bills go to showering, washing clothes and cooking.

“Unfortunately, showering and washing clothes is non-negotiable, but there were several ways to reduce cooking energy.

“Instead of constantly using the oven, which is a big energy consumer, I looked for alternatives.

Martin Lewis, a money-saving appliance expert, recommended a slow cooker, which he says can cook a meal for 23 pence.

“Another is the air fryer, which is much more energy efficient than an oven due to the speed at which it cooks food.

“A third appliance that could be replaced by a more energy-efficient alternative is the kettle.

“I was previously using an old Russell Hobbs kettle which can’t even be bought online anymore, it was definitely due to a new cheaper upgrade.

“I tried a Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK, an Andrew James Slow Cooker and a Laica Dual Flo Electric Kettle, which has the option of boiling a cup.”

Ninja Air Fryer

The Ninja Air Fryer (Picture: Birmingham Live)

Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer: 10/10

“An air fryer should be inexpensive, versatile and easy to use. The Ninja Air Fryer offers all of these things.

“At 1,550W, it’s about a quarter more energy efficient than an average oven, which tends to be between 2,000 and 2,200W.

“Ninja air fryers have four settings, air fry, roast, dehydrate and reheat, so you can use them for just about any type of cooking. I’ve even cooked breakfast in the mine.

“Yesterday (August 29) I put it to the test by cooking a full roast in the air fryer.

“I realized I had saved just over 16 pence in energy costs, compared to cooking a roast in the oven.

“It’s based on a small roast for one, I would have saved over 50p on a more extravagant or slow cooked roast.

“This air fryer is also self-explanatory and easy to clean – something many air fryers aren’t. The bottom rack is simply dishwasher safe or can be hand washed.

“It took me a while to get used to it as I cooked at the wrong temperature several times and found the outside of my food burnt and the inside uncooked, but once you You get the idea, it’s a complete game-changer in the kitchen, I now use it for most meals.

Andrew James slow cooker

The Andrew James Slow Cooker (Picture: Birmingham Live)

Slow cooker Andrew James: 8/10

“A slow cooker is not a new phenomenon, like the air fryer, nor particularly fashionable, but it is not a phenomenon to be overlooked.

“According to the money-saving expert, a slow cooker uses an average of 23p per meal.

“My slow cooker is only £24.99 on Amazon which I think is a worthwhile investment.

“Not only does it save energy costs, but it’s also large enough to cook in batches, so I often end up with three or four meals in one effort.

“Of course, there’s the age-old criticism of the slow cooker that all food tastes the same in a slow cooker thanks to the mushy texture it produces.

“It’s not wrong, but you just need to learn what foods work best, like curries and casseroles.

“I also found that I could use cheaper cuts of meat in the slow cooker because the cooking time will tenderize even the toughest pork or beef.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to eat slow cooker food every day, but I do it once every two weeks, and that makes me four out of fourteen meals for very little money.”

Laica electric kettle

The Laica electric kettle (Picture: Birmingham Live)

Laica Dual Flo electric kettle: 4/10

“The Laica Dual Flo Electric Kettle is my most used new purchase since buying it, as I mostly work from home and drink a lot of tea and coffee. Unfortunately, that’s probably my least favorite.

“The kettle has a flap in the front that opens and doubles as a hot water dispenser.

“When opened, the kettle only boils the amount of water needed for one cup and pours it directly into a cup.

“In theory, it’s great. You save energy and water by only boiling the exact amount.”

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“In practice, the kettle needs some work. There’s a dial at the top that lets you change how much water you want, but the kettle definitely has a mind of its own in that department, the volume of product water is inconsistent.

“The kettle is also noisy, which makes me wonder if this affects energy efficiency.

“Overall I think I saved money overall with the one cup feature but for £69.99 there are definite improvements to be made to the kettle.”

Karl M. Bailey