We all like to save money on our household bills and sometimes we can also reduce our carbon footprint by making a few simple changes around the home. I have previously posted about some changes to make at home to both both save money and reduce your home’s carbon footprint but here are 5 more tips to save money and go green in the kitchen.
Keep Your Freezer Full
A full freezer doesn’t have to work as hard as it takes more energy to chill an empty space. If your freezer isn’t full, fill up jugs with water and freeze them or fill the space with bubble wrap if you already have some. Tis will also stop your freezer from icing up and you having to go through the lovely task of defrosting it.
Keep The Fridge And Freezer Doors Closed & Sealed Tight
We are all guilty of this, leaning on the open refrigerator door as we decide what we want to eat. But leaving the fridge or freezer door open longer than we need to will require more energy to take the fridge or freezer back down to the correct temperature. Another way to help save money and reduce our carbon footprint is to make sure the sels around your fridge and freezer are tight. To test the seals simply close the door with a £5 note or piece of paper trapped between the seal. If you can pull them out easily then it means the cold air can also get out easily and it’s time to replace the seals.
How often do you batch cook meals? Cooking twice the amount you need that day will also be a great tip to cut down on energy. Why cook one casserole in the oven when you can cook two for the same aount of energy? In order to help save energy even more make sure the second meal has cooled down completly before you put it in the fridge or freezer. Storing hot food means the fridge or freezer will have to work harder to cool down/freeze your meal.
Reduce The Use Of Plastic
Have you taken good look in your recycling bin and had a look at the amount of plastic that you are actually recycling? So many things nowaday come wrapped in plastic that I’m hoping you do recycle every week. But what is you could reduce the amount of pastic you use? Thankfully England have finally started to charge for carrier bags when we go shopping. I think we all have a bag of crriers at home. First step is to reuse these. Make sure you take them to the supermarket everytime you go, I’m not saying buy more but id you have them, reuse them. If you don’t have any plastic carrier bags try to us cotton bags or perhaps have some tubs (obviously ones ypu already have) and keep them in the boot of your car to put you shopping in. When you get home, carry the boxes inside to unpack and put them straight back in the car. I actually take some plastic boxes with lids that I already owned to the butchers when I’m buying our meat. You can also purchase waxed reusable food wrap and use instead of plastic bags or clingfilm.
Let There Be Light
How many times do you check on your meal while it is cooking by opening the oven door? each time you open the door, heat will be lost and your oven will then need to use more energy to heat back up again. Simply switch on the oven light and look through the door. Also you can turn the oven off a few minutes early and that heat will finish the last little bit of cooking without the added energy.
I hope you find some of these tips useful to reduce the energy used in your kitchenand results in you saving money and also reducing your carbon footprint.