Energy Facts for the Kitchen / Canteen
- Using the dishwasher once will use the same amount of energy as boiling 7.5 full kettles.
- Avoiding one dishwasher load saves enough energy to power a 100W light bulb for 11 hours.
- If everyone boiled only the water they needed to make a cup of tea instead of filling the kettle every time, we could save enough electricity in a year to run nearly half of the street lighting in the country.
- Microwaves use up to two-thirds less electricity than conventional electric ovens and are useful for reheating meals.
- By cooking food at a higher temperature and pressure (i.e. in pressure cookers) cooking time is reduced and energy use is typically reduced by 50-75%.
- Using the toaster to make toast instead of the grill is 3.5 times more energy efficient.
Fridges & Freezers
In one year, an American-style fridge freezer uses 30% more energy than a regular fridge freezer or the equivalent of running a small fan continuously for the entire year.
- Defrost fridges and freezers regularly.
- Make sure to keep the fridge door shut.
- Keep freezers fairly full (even using empty boxes to fill spaces when gaps appear on the shelves).
- Choosing an A++ combined fridge/freezer instead of a B-labelled one annually saves the environment 175 kilos of CO2, and about €46 on your annual electricity bill.
- A-rated appliances can use up to 50% less energy than G-rated appliances.
- It is now possible to be selective when purchasing certain new appliances. By taking note of the energy label when making your purchase, you can choose products which have a lighter operating efficiency, saving you money on fuel bills.