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Blog Post 20 April 2022 Updated 28 September 2023

Top tips to save energy and money in the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every home, but did you know that the energy used to power the appliances in it makes up a significant chunk of your energy bill?

Whether you’re cooking up a feast or doing the weekly wash, there are ways to save energy – and money – while you’re in the kitchen.

Here are our top suggestions to help you save.


Use ‘Eco’ modes on appliances

Many appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, have ‘eco’ or low energy modes, so opt for these modes frequently to save more energy.


Wash your clothes at 30 degrees

You can save around £13 a year from your energy bill just by using your washing machine more carefully. Wash at 30 degrees and reduce your washing machine use by one run per week for a year.


Fill the dishwasher

Only run your dishwasher when it is full to reduce the amount of water you use. Reducing your dishwasher use by one run per week for a year could save you £13.


Dry clothes outside

Avoid using a tumble dryer for your clothes: dry clothes on racks inside where possible or outside in warmer weather to save £55 a year.


Replace your bulbs with LEDs

Replace traditional and halogen lightbulbs with energy efficient LEDs. Across an average house this should save £60 a year.


Use the microwave

Microwaves are more efficient than ovens at cooking, as they only heat the food and not the air space inside. And try to avoid overfilling the kettle and save yourself £11 a year.


Turn appliances off standby

Your dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer will all eat up electricity when left on standby. Save around £55  a year just by turning your appliances off standby mode.


Use the right size appliance

Fridges and freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it’s worth finding energy efficient models. Choosing a smaller fridge will use less energy than a larger fridge with the same energy rating – so consider whether you need that giant fridge-freezer!

We’ve got loads more free and low-cost energy saving tips on our website.

Take a look at our quick tips and see how you could save up to £415 a year on your bills or read our blog with ideas to suit a range of budgets.

Last updated: 28 September 2023