The Cost of Living: 5 Energy-Saving Tips in the Kitchen

Modern Living is here with 5 energy-saving tips and today we’re focusing on the kitchen. A room that’s chocked full of appliances, the kitchen features all of the bells and whistles of modern-day technology. Kitchen appliances are constantly becoming more advanced and it’s important to keep tabs on how much each appliance is costing you. Money is on all of our minds at the moment, so how can we cut back on household expenses?

We’re going to dive straight in, and take a look at what uses the most electricity in the modern kitchen. Then, we will provide you with the Modern Living team’s best energy-saving tips for this room.

The Kitchen – What Uses the Most Electricity in a Home? 

As you can see, the average household spends a fair amount of money each month, simply running their kitchen appliances. A standard fridge freezer costs the most to run, whereas a cooker hood is the most affordable, something we have covered previously in the Modern Living series of buying guides.

5 Energy-Saving Tips for the Kitchen

There are several ways to lower those energy bills. But, what are 5 ways to save electricity in the home? Or in the kitchen?

We hear you, so here are our top tips.

1. Grab What you Need and Go!

It’s something we all got told when we were younger, but leaving the fridge door open does actually waste a lot of energy, and therefore a lot of money. That’s why it’s made it onto our energy-saving tips list, as it’s easy to do and makes it easy to save money.

The longer the fridge door is open, the more cold air escapes and then, more energy is needed to reduce the temperature again once the door shuts. 

You should simply have your quick browse, grab what you need from your fridge and go. You’ll see the savings very quickly.

2. Load the Dishwasher Correctly

Second, on the list of energy-saving tips is to load your dishwasher correctly. By loading in a more efficient way, you can massively reduce your energy and water consumption. There is no arguing that hand washing uses less power, it uses far more water. An efficient dishwasher uses almost 10 times less water than washing dishes by hand. 

If you want to use less power, be certain to fill the dishwasher to the correct capacity, which can be found in the user manual. You can use less power, less water and fewer dishwasher tablets. You can also minimise the amount of power your dishwasher uses by making use of the delay timer function. If your dishwasher has it, be sure to do your loads overnight during the off-peak times. This will be incentivized by a lower energy rate, and therefore a smaller energy bill. 

3. Make Good Use of Your Microwave

Using your microwave is a much cheaper way of heating food than using your oven. By using the microwave to heat those leftovers, you’ll save a considerable amount of energy and shave pounds off your bill. 

Why? Well, your microwave is a much smaller appliance than an oven and therefore the heat is almost instant. A microwave aims to heat the contents, and not the whole space.

Plus, who wants to wait 20 minutes for those yummy leftovers? Save yourself money and stomach growls, use your microwave. 

4. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Now, this may sound like a no-brainer, but doing your research before purchasing an appliance will be the biggest money saver in the long run. 

Kitchen appliances are an investment and are not to be rushed. Spend time researching, and shopping around for the right model. In the long run, it’ll be worth it with a lower energy bill.

How can I find energy-efficient appliances?

The most simple way to find an energy-efficient appliance is to check out the rating on each appliance.

Below is the up-to-date energy efficiency rating information, with A being the best, and G being the least energy-efficient rating.

5. Clean Your Oven (We’re Sorry)

Cleaning the oven is a task that most of us will put off and avoid at all costs. But, what if it could reduce your monthly costs?

That’s right, cleaning your oven saves you money on your energy bills. According to Mike Harris, from, a ‘dirty oven is a surefire way to increase energy consumption… it can use 10% more energy’. This translates into £31 a year (on average).

Essentially, the grease build-up inside the oven reduces the efficiency of the appliances, causing the food to take longer to cook.

Save Money on Your Energy Bills – With Modern Living

Low energy bills begin with choosing the right appliances, with the best, modern features available. 

At Modern Living, we are committed to our customers and providing them with high-quality appliances for every room in the house. 

Browse our full range of kitchen appliances today. From dishwashers to cooker hoods, we’ve got you covered, at Modern Living.

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