Save in the kitchen

July 2013

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 is a good option for your cook top because it heats faster and produces a third of the greenhouse emissions of electricity. However, it’s more efficient to boil water using a kettle compared to a stove, and cooking with the lid on pots retains the heat and cooks faster, saving you energy and money.

Ensure your fridge door seals are airtight because allowing cool air to leak out makes the fridge work harder. The seal may need replacing if you can easily pull out a $5 note from the door.

Remember, 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.

It’s best 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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