You misused your kettle

The KITCHEN appliances you use every day can add to your energy bill, which means you’re spending more than you need to.

Avoiding these common mistakes could help you save money as energy prices are on the rise.


Boil your kettle incorrectly and it could cost you moreCredit: Getty

They may seem small, but can add up over time, and taking steps now to reduce your energy use could help you in the long run.

Making a cup of tea only requires a tea bag and water – and milk and sugar depending on your taste.

Surely you can’t go wrong? Well, every time you fill the kettle more than you need, it costs money.

Overfill it and you boil more water than you need, which costs extra energy and more importantly money.

Tashema Jackson, consumer champion at energy helpline previously told The Sun: ‘Adjusting the amount of water you use and the temperature you boil your water at can save you around £6 a year.’

The exact amount you can save depends on how much energy you pay for and how many cups you drink each day. The more you drink, the more you save.

Simply take the cup you’re using and fill it with water before pouring it into the kettle, that way you know you’re only paying to boil what you actually use.

It’s not the only device you could use incorrectly that wastes energy – and money.

Use the right cooking ring for your pan

Use the correct size ring for the pan you are cooking with to prevent excessive heat leakage.

If you can see any of the electric rings or gas flames, that means the heat is working hard for nothing, heating the air rather than the pan itself.

The telegraph reports that placing a 15cm pan on a 20cm ring could waste up to 25% energy.

Defrost your freezer and don’t overfill it

If you don’t defrost your freezer regularly it could add up to £150 a year to your bill.

Getting rid of too much ice regularity keeps the temperature down so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard.

Also, when you have too much food in your fridge or freezer, the appliance struggles to keep the food cold and therefore consumes more energy.

Do not leave the oven on longer than necessary

You should turn off the oven a few minutes before the food is ready, letting it continue cooking in what remains of the heat.

It’s going to take a while to cool down anyway, and that extra heat is just going to be wasted.

You can also get by without preheating the oven in most cases.

Most ovens heat up quickly these days, so you’re probably wasting excess energy.

Use the microwave instead

Sometimes using the microwave is cheaper than the oven.

Gas stoves use more energy than microwaves, so especially if you’re reheating food, you can use less energy over a shorter period of time to achieve the same result.

Things like jacket potatoes will also be cheaper to microwave, as they only need a quick burst compared to the long time they take to cook in the oven.

Don’t leave devices on standby

According to Energy Saving Trust, a microwave oven is one of the appliances that “draws electricity” when left on standby.

Turn it off at the outlet and you could save money on your energy bill.

This also goes for other appliances you have in the kitchen.

If you leave them on standby, they will continue to draw energy throughout the house, so unplugging devices from the walls will ensure you don’t waste unnecessary energy.

Wash at low temperature

Reducing your washing temperature to 30°C could save you £13 a year, while further reducing it to 20°C could cut your annual bill by £24.

If your machine is only half full, you may also want to avoid pressing the start button. Waiting for a full load of laundry means you’ll likely cycle fewer times throughout the year.

Which? recently discovered that doing a large wash four times a week reduces energy use by 17% compared to someone doing three small washes each day.

Wait until your dishwasher is full

According to USwitch, you should wait until the machine is full before putting on a load – otherwise you’re wasting half the power.

The comparison website also states that using an eco-friendly setting (which most dishwashers now have) can save up to 20% in energy use per wash, and that a pre-wash does not is not necessary.

Here’s how to use your radiators properly so you don’t waste money.

And here’s a little-known boiler trick that has cut one woman’s bill by almost £100 a month.

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Karl M. Bailey