The kitchen is often found to be the most energy intensive room in the house. Water, heat and light are used by members of the household around the clock. The good news, however, is that energy and water wastage can be reduced with a few easy changes. Here are five factors which can help make a standard kitchen more efficient and probably more comfortable at the same time.
It sounds simple, but by maintaining the kitchen, checking for leaks and keeping plumbing clean and free from limescale, water wastage can be reduced along with the possibility of a serious leak in the future. In hard water areas (not a common problem where we are based in Cornwall) scale build-up can reduce the pressure of water coming from taps or showers and make the overall experience less enjoyable and less efficient.
2. Upgrading your water heater
Sometimes it can we wise to replace a traditional tank-style water heater with a modern condensing boiler system which can free up living space, is more energy efficient and will produce hot water on demand. Changing to an efficient condensing boiler can add extra value to a house and provides benefits throughout the home.
3. Check your routine
By changing our habits you can sometimes make a big difference to energy usage. Are members of the household in the habit of eating at staggered times? Could you save energy by running the oven for less time or putting a lid on simmering pans. Leaving water running while washing dishes or rinsing vegetables wastes water and can easily be avoided.