Kitchen money savers from Which?
A well-stocked kitchen is home to some of the most-draining electrical appliances, with your fridge and freezer eating up energy 24 hours a day. Here are some tips on how to use less electricity:
Don't leave the door of your fridge or freezer open longer than necessary.
Avoid putting warm food in your freezer, as it makes it work harder. Allow food to cool first.
For optimum energy efficiency, aim to keep your fridge and freezer at least three quarters full. Your fridge and freezer run most efficiently when defrosted regularly.
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Clean your fridge. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the condenser coils at the back or underneath your fridge or freezer. Thick dust can reduce their efficiency by up to 25 per cent if left unchecked.
An energy-efficient fridge could save up to £35 a year.
Use less electricity for cleaning. Always clean full loads when using washing machines, tumble dryers, washer-dryers or dishwashers. The fuller the load, the more energy-efficient the cycle.
Wash lightly soiled clothes at 30C, except for occasional higher temperature washes
Look for eco cycles on your domestic appliances. Most modern washing machines and dishwashers have them, and they're designed to use less water and electricity than traditional daily programs.
If you only run your dishwasher when it's full and have an energy-efficient model, it can use less energy than washing up in hot water at the sink.
Combining loads once a week to fill your washing machine could save you up to £4 per year, or £10 per year if you take the same approach to your tumble dryer as well.
Only fill and boil the kettle with as much water as you need. And descale it regularly.