Behavioural Change in the Kitchen


  • Put a lid on a pan to keep in the heat and turn down the ring to simmer.
  • Choose the right sized cooking ring for the pan.
  • Use a steamer to cook vegetables.  You may be able to use one ring instead of two as a result.
  • Cooking meals in batches is more energy efficient.  It takes less energy to heat up a pre-cooked meal.
  • Cooking in a microwave is more energy efficient than an oven
  • Consider using the hot oven for baking after cooking a meal
  • Pre-boil potatoes before roasting – it will reduce the cooking time in the oven
  • Each time you open the oven door while cooking the oven loses heat and requires more energy
  • An electric oven can be turned off ten minutes before removing the food as it will maintain its temperature until the food is cooked.

Other ways to save energy in the kitchen

  • When making a cup of tea, only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need.  There is no need to fill the kettle as it will just use more electricity heating the excess water.
  • If your freezer  is not frost free, ensure you regularly defrost your freezer to ensure it is running efficiently.
  • Defrosting food in the fridge overnight reduces the cooking time.
  • Wash your clothes at a lower temperature and it will save heating the water.
  • Dry your laundry outside on a washing line if possible instead of using a tumble dryer
  • Use the dishwasher only when it is full.  You can also make savings by avoiding pre-rinsing the dishes with hot water.