Saving energy isn’t just about helping you to save electricity or be more energy efficient — it’s also a great way to save money. One of the most common ways of wasting energy and often one of the most overlooked relates to cooking!

Check out the list below of 5 energy saving tips identified by Uswitch.

  1. Batch cook. If you’re going to use the oven, cook a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on and hot, especially if lunch-prepping for the week ahead is your kind of thing.
  2. Heat your home with cooking. Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
  3. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work. Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.
  4. Make things easy for your fridge and freezer. Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
  5. Use the right ring for the right thing. If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely, if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.

For more tips, including additional areas to address please click here to view the full Uswitch article.