They’re calling it the ‘perfect storm’ of rising costs. From tax changes, inflation to energy prices. Happy 2022, everyone!
There’s not much we can do about the first two, however, If you, like us, are worried about rising energy costs at home we have put together some tips to help save energy specifically in your kitchen and bathroom.
And us at Kitchens By Design are not the only one’s who are worried. The UK’s energy regulator, Ofgem, announced on February 3 that the price cap will increase by £693 from April. That will cause bills for the average customer to rise to £1,971 per year.
With this in mind, Hilarys conducted a snap poll of more than 550 UK residents and found that more than four fifths of UK homeowners have become more aware of their energy usage since the announcement of the rising energy costs – with 34% admitting that they often sit in a house that’s too cold in a bid to keep their heating bills down.
Now, there’s lots of things we can do to help that doesn’t mean you’re going to be sat watching the latest Netflix craze while wearing your hats and gloves. And lots of them can be done in your kitchen and bathroom.
We have popped together a list of tips that will hopefully help keep your bills down.
For the Kitchen!
Get more energy efficient appliances
According to the Energy Saving Trust, cooking typically accounts for 13.8% of electricity demand in UK homes, with freezing or cooling food requiring a further 16.8% of electricity used on average. Wet appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines are also energy hungry, accounting for around 10% of household energy bills.
So, if you’re about to embark on a kitchen remodel – it’s worth investing in appliances with the best energy rating to get you off to the best start.
The rating of appliances are graded A-G. The closer up the scale (towards A) it is, the more energy efficient. Then, once you’ve got the most energy efficient appliances – make sure you actually pick the appliances you need.
For instance, if all you keep in your fridge is some tonic, limes and a bottle of milk – you really don’t need a large American-style fridge-freezer gobbling up all that precious energy.
It’s also a good idea to switch off some of your appliances at the socket – such as your microwave, coffee machine and tumble dryer – as they still consume energy when left on stand by.
Also, small pointer – where you can – using a microwave to heat your soup and so on will use much less energy than your hob.
Watch out when making your cuppas
If you haven’t heard this tip before – have you been living under a rock? – but it’s worth reiterating. Only boil the right amount of water that’s needed for your brew.
According to Shell Energy, it costs us 2.5p to boil per average kettle, so heating more water than we need is essentially pouring money down the drain.
One way to combat this is to invest in a Quooker boiling-water tap. Their tanks under the sink are essentially a kind of thermos flask, which keeps the water at 110ºC, meaning very little energy is required to keep the water in the tank at boiling point. Quooker also claim that their average daily consumption costs around 3p – so could potentially save money and energy.
For the Bathroom!
Use less water
Ok, so here’s the obvious – long leisurely showers and running a deep luxurious bath will use more energy and water. So just cutting your time down and enjoying your soak with half the water will help reduce energy costs.
But there’s more you can do! For example, if you have a shower that’s fed directly from your boiler or hot water tank, fitting an energy efficient shower head could seriously reduce the amount of hot water you use. Aerating shower heads, for instance, work by restricting the flow of water and mixing it with air. This makes the water appear to flow at the same volume as a normal shower head – albeit a bit more gentle.
Some toilets now also come with different flushing options that use less water.
Other little things: fix leaking taps and use cold water, rather than hot, where you can – also, be sure to turn the tap off when brushing your teeth!