- Check the efficiency of new equipment – the energy rating should be prominently displayed. If you’re using an electric hob, choose induction over the standard type – they’re up to 50% more efficient1. Choose a dishwasher that uses less hot water.
- Minimise waste – try not to leave items on when not being used, or pre-warming ovens and the like hours before they’re needed. Pizza ovens, conveyor toasters and hobs could be overused.
- Use sensor grills – new models can detect when something is placed on the grill and heat up in seconds, saving up to 75% in energy2.
- Encourage good habits – small things like using the right saucepan size (with a lid) and only using the dishwasher with a full load will add up.
- Fit a Variable Speed Drive – a VSD can match the speed of fans to the current need, so they’re only on full when they need to be. Heat recovery systems are also a good option; they can recover expelled heat and add it to your incoming heat or water supply.
1 Figure taken from, Energy Saving Trust: Products and Appliances.
2 Figure taken from, The Green Hotelier: Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen.