My green kitchen will save me money



What's the harm in filling up the kettle to make just one cup of tea? It saves me making multiple trips to the tap throughout the day. Instead I can just flick a switch and wait for the water to boil.

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The cost of boiling a full kettle almost put me off my cup of tea…

At least that's what my attitude used to be. It's fair to say I had quite a relaxed approach to saving energy in the kitchen. Sure, it probably saves a few pennies, but is it really worth the fuss of changing old habits?

It all changed when my friend, appalled at my "shocking" attitude to energy saving, bought me a wireless electricity monitor for Christmas.

Never one to turn down a new gadget (it's got an LCD display and buttons, more than enough to amuse me), I gleefully accepted the gift and set it up.

I was hoping for some kind of Pacman-style game where I could gobble up energy while running away from the monsters of my utilities supplier, but this gadget was no fun at all…

It was just a graphic display of how I am chucking my money away. I turned on the kettle and my pockets felt lighter, I left the fridge door open and I was sure I could hear the sound of my credit card being swiped.

There's no doubt I'm lazy, but even I can't sit idly by while watching money drip away - that's cash that could be put in my 3D TV piggy bank!

So I am on the lookout for ways to save money in the kitchen, even if being green isn't exactly my area. Fortunately, my love of changing settings to get the most out of gadgets will stand me in good stead.

After a quick scout around on the internet, I found out Beko washing machines like mine can wash at 30C just as well as at the 40C cycle I normally use.

A quick check of my wireless electricity monitor and I can see the results already… and my favourite shirt still looks sharp for Saturday night.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, it appears my out-of-date fridge freezer is beginning to show its age. I was happy with it as it kept my milk fresh, but the Energy Saving Trust says energy efficient fridge freezers can save me up to £65 a year in total. That'll pay for itself in a few years!

Now I've shown an interest, my green-hearted friend has taken the opportunity to chew my ear off. I'm instructed to turn off the cooker 10 minutes earlier and not to peak round the oven door while it cooks. The temperature stays hot enough to cook the food and I don't pay for the privilege.

While I'm sure the benefit to the environment is great, I'm just thinking how each watt saved goes towards buying me the king of televisions...

All I will have to do is remember not to leave my 3D TV on standby overnight, otherwise the wireless electricity monitor will make upsetting viewing in the morning.

Do you keep an eye on your electricity usage? Have you got any tips for making a kitchen greener? Comment below…