Energy-saving tips for the kitchen

Your kitchen is probably full of appliances, eating up electricity. Here are our top tips to help you save energy in the kitchen.


Preparing meals



  • Check what you have in the fridge and freezer before you go shopping. Wasted food is a big contributor towards carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Only boil the water you need in your kettle, and de-scale it from time to time.
  • Cut food into smaller pieces to speed up the cooking time.
  • Use the right sized pan for the job and right sized hob ring for each pan.
  • Keep lids on pans as much as you can, to reduce heat loss - turn the heat down when it reaches the boil.
  • Keep the oven door shut as much as possible; make sure the glass door is clean so you can see what's going on.
  • Cooking big batches of food at once is more energy-efficient. Storing spare portions in the freezer gives you a supply of ready meals.
  • Freeze your leftovers if you don't eat them the next day.


  • Defrost food in the fridge overnight rather than microwaving it.
  • Use a microwave to reheat food where possible as this is usually a much more efficient method of warming things up than using the hob or oven.
  • Cover food with a microwave-safe lid or pierced cling film to hold moisture and speed up cooking times in the microwave.

Fridge and freezer

  • Let warm foods cool down before putting them in the fridge.
  • Make sure air can circulate around the back of your fridge and freezer.
  • Make sure your fridge and freezer are set to the right temperature, not too cold and not too warm.
  • Don't keep the fridge or freezer door open for longer than necessary.
  • Try not to put the fridge or freezer next to a heat source such as a cooker or radiator, or in direct sunlight.


  • Make sure you have a full load before you use the dishwasher - a half load setting usually uses more than half the energy of a full load.
  • Use the eco setting wherever possible.
  • Always remember to switch appliances off standby when you've finished using them.