The objective here is to build good habits when planning or organising meals, such as cooking meals together and making best use of your cooking appliances.
- Aim for one cooking time for everyone’s main meal.
- Evaluate/explore cooking enough for more than one meal at once, then storing and reheating.
- The oven is expensive to use, try to use it sparingly and as efficiently as possible. Where possible use it for more than one item at a time and remember you can cook at a higher temperature at the top of the oven, and at the same time at a lower temperature at the bottom.
- Do not open the oven door to check cooking too often, every time you do so, you lose 20% of the accumulated heat.
- Don’t use the oven to cook a single dish, bake a few items at the same time and freeze them for later if necessary.
|The hob/cooker||Small appliances|
- Put lids on pots and turn down the heat when the water starts to boil. The lid not only keeps in the heat but also reduces condensation in the kitchen.
- Use pots and pans that cover the whole of the cooker ring.
- At a certain point in cooking, turn off the rings and use their residual heat to finish cooking.
- When making tea or coffee, only boil as much water as you need in the kettle (make sure that the element of the kettle is covered)
- A slow casserole, pressure cooker, insulated deep-fat fryer or microwave oven will cook food in an energyefficient way.
- Use a microwave for smaller meal amounts.
- The toaster is more efficient than the grill for toasting bread.
- Use an electric kettle to boil water for cooking instead of using the hob.
- Be careful in your approach to using general kitchen appliances, e.g., iron, food processor or sandwich maker. Make sure to only use at the correct temperature and for the required amount of time.
|Actual Energy Savings|
|Below are examples of the energy savings made during the Power of One Street campaign which worked with a number of families around the country as they reduced their energy consumption, and who were able to make significant savings by applying the energy tips and by changing their behaviour.|
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The Joyce Family
A family of four, living in a detached, cavity wall house, built in 1991.
Step 5: Cooking
- Energy Reduction = 15%
- CO2 Reduction = 0.084 tonnes
- Cash Saving = €19 per year
The Heffernan Family
A family of five, living in a detached, solid wall house, built in the 1970s.
Step 5: Cooking
- Energy Reduction = 9%
- CO2 Reduction = 0.08 tonnes
- Cash Saving = €18 per year
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|Some low-cost options to save energy|
Electric ovens are labelled to indicate energy consumption, purchasing the most energy efficient one will save you money on your energy bills.
Replacing small kitchen appliances
Think energy efficient when buying any household appliance. Slow casseroles, insulated deep fat fryers, microwave ovens, fan convector ovens, and pressure cookers all save energy and time, and give you better, safer results.