Cook up some energy savings

July 2012

Kitchens are the hub of the family home but energy used there can account for about 16% of the average household’s power bills.

Ausgrid’s efficiency expert Paul Myors said even bad cooks can save money in the kitchen by following a few simple steps.

Fan forced ovens use about one third less energy than a conventional oven and keeping the door closed ensures energy isn’t wasted. Portable alternatives like electric frypans, pressure cookers or microwaves also generally use less energy than an oven.

Natural gas heats faster and produces a third of the greenhouse emissions of electricity, so it’s a good option for your cook top. Remember a kettle boils water more efficiently than a stove, and cooking with the lid on pots retains the heat and cooks faster, saving you energy and money.

Leaving the fridge door open lets cool air out and makes the fridge work harder. Ensure your fridge door seals are airtight. If you can easily pull out a $5 note from the door, the seal may need replacing.

And a fridge that’s 15 years or older can add $250 a year to your energy bills, so consider upgrading to a high star-rated model that can save you more than $150 off your annual energy bill.

Remember to fill dishwashers to capacity before each wash cycle because a half-filled dishwasher uses the same amount of energy as a full load.

Check out more energy efficiency tips for your home. 

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Avoid opening the oven door when cooking

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