Top 10 (free) tips for a green kitchen

Green KitchenMost people understand the basics of green living – turn off the lights, don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, reuse plastic carrier bags, etc. However, we can always go further to protect the planet.

Your kitchen is undoubtedly the most energy consuming area in the house with its constant heating, cooling, washing and drying. Did you know that all of our electric hobs, ovens, kettles and microwaves use as much electricity in a year as British street lighting does in six years?

So how can we make our kitchens more environmentally friendly?

I’ve scoured the web looking for the most helpful hints for a green kitchen and compiled the top 10 for you to peruse and follow at your leisure. None of them will cost you anything and some are so glaringly obvious I don’t know how I didn’t think of them before!

1. Cover pans while cooking to prevent heat loss.

2. Freeze leftover food – don’t throw it away (if safe to do so, some foods should not be reheated).

3. Try meals which can be made in one pan e.g. soups, stews, stir fries and casseroles so you don’t have the hob, grill and oven glaring out heat all at once.

4. Use seasonal ingredients, preferably locally produced.

5. Cook the same meal for your entire household – people coming and going, cooking what they want at different times wastes energy (yes, this could be a tough one with teenagers).

6. Stop over-boiling food. A gentle simmer uses less energy and often means your food tastes better.

7. When preparing a meal get all the ingredients out of the fridge at once, don’t open and shut the door repeatedly.

8. Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl rather than under the tap.

9. Got a big burner on your kitchen hob? Use a big pan. Heat and energy escapes if your pan is too small to cover the burner.

10. Never put warm food in the fridge. You’re asking it to work harder to maintain the proper temperature, leading to increased energy usage.

So there are my top ten tips. Do you have some? Let me know.

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