It’s Thursday and that means it’s energy saving o’clock!
If you’re a new reader – let me explain – for the last few Thursdays I’ve been writing on saving energy in one simple step, without the need to buy any fancy equipment or spend any money. They’re all really easy to do, and once you get into the habit of doing them they’ll become so second nature that you won’t notice doing them. While each tip won’t save that much money or energy, cumulatively they will add up to substantial savings.
This week’s tip is:
Plan, plan, plan!
I’m a huge advocate of freezing leftovers or making larger quanities of what you’re cooking for dinner and freezing portions for later. Nothing can beat that organised (re: smug!) feeling when you’ve got a freezer stocked full of meals ready for when you need them (and it’s energy efficient!).
The downside to this is that some nights I get lazy, and just can’t be bothered cooking. Knowing that I’ve got a stack of pre-prepared meals, I grab something out of the freezer and defrost it in the microwave prior to heating it. Sound familiar to you too?
While this is certainly convenient, it adds around 30% to 50% of energy required to cook the meal. If only I’d been a bit more organised and taken the food out of the freezer and placed it in the fridge the night before to defrost. That would have saved all of that energy, and has the added bonus of reducing the amount of work your fridge has to do as it acts as an icepack, helping to cool the fridge down. Failing to defrost the night before, I could have at least taken the meal out as soon as I got home and left it sitting at room temperature for a couple of hours before cooking.
So the lesson here is definitely to be more organised. Some might say write a meal plan for the week to help, but that’s just a step too organised for me! Instead I’m going to make small steps and plan one night ahead. Who’s with me on this?
By the way, here is some handy advice on defrosting food safely – no-one likes a side helping of food posioning with their dinner!
I’m thinking about reducing the frequency of these energy saving posts. Rather than weekly, perhaps run them monthly instead. What do you think? I need some help deciding so do let me know in the comments below whether you’d prefer to see them monthly or weekly!