Kitchens: the ultimate energy vampires?
Whether your ideal kitchen tends towards the small and compact or the sleek and commercial, it’s likely to be the space which makes the greatest contribution to energy use. Kitchens are basically about heating up, cooling down, food processing and storage. Add lighting into the mix and it’s easy to see how they gobble up energy.
Kitchen appliances: why realistic choices are important
Controlling energy use in the kitchen is two-fold: it depends on reducing and also managing energy use. Many essential appliances such as cookers, dish washers and freezers are purchased with unrealistic expectations. A fridge that regularly contains nothing but a block of cheese and a pint of milk is clearly inefficient. A smaller fridge would have cost less and reduced energy costs in future. Taking the time to do extensive research into energy efficient appliances before purchasing pays dividends in the long term.
Building a new kitchen from scratch is a great opportunity to get energy use under control right from the start, with the correct choice of low-energy use appliances. Whether commercial or domestic, all kitchens can benefit from a professional assessment of energy use from specialists such as Dawnvale.
Low energy kitchens – are they achievable?
There are many ways to monitor energy use today, including smart meters, smart plugs, apps and complete home monitoring systems. Complete monitoring systems mean that energy use in the kitchen can be compared with use elsewhere in the building. Lighting is important too. Strategically placed low-energy LED spots are versatile and inexpensive.
It’s not simply about using less energy with smart meters or smart appliances, but also about smart thinking. It costs nothing to turn heat down once a dish is boiling, or cook several dishes in the oven at once so that best … Read More