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Blog Post 20 April 2022 Updated 1 May 2024

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 £11 a year in Great Britiain (GB) and £18 in Northern Ireland (NI) 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’s full to reduce the amount of water you use. Reducing your dishwasher use by one run per week could save you £11 in GB and £18 in NI.


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 £45 a year in GB and £75 in NI.


Replace your bulbs with LEDs

Replace traditional and halogen lightbulbs with energy efficient LEDs. Across an average house this should save £40 a year in GB and £75 in NI.


Use the microwave

Microwaves are more efficient than ovens at cooking, as they only heat the food and not the air space inside. For more information, see our guide to microwave vs oven for cooking.


Turn appliances off standby

Your dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer will all eat up electricity when left on standby. Save around £40 a year in GB and £70 in NI 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 energy saving tips and see how you could save up to £314 a year in GB and £493 in NI on your bills.

Last updated: 1 May 2024