Use your lid! Using a saucepan lid when you are cooking helps save you energy and money.
Something I’m really passionate about is saving energy. Saving energy is such a win-win for everyone. It helps keep a lid on your energy bills AND helps the environment at the same time.
Energy saving is important for the environment because on average, electricity and gas use creates about a quarter of all carbon emissions from our homes. Cut our electricity and gas use, and we cut our carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.
I know a fair bit about saving energy (I even did a City & Guilds course on it once), so I guess I could say I’m a qualified energy saver. It’s no good if I just keep all that knowledge to myself, so I thought I’d start a blog series on how to save energy simply. And whilst you can save energy by making improvements to your home, for this series I want to focus on the tips anyone can do. Whether you own your home or not. So I’ll be focusing on the tips that don’t need any fancy equipment (in this tip, just a saucepan lid), nor do they require you to spend any money whatsoever. This is especially relevant as energy bills are expected to rise steeply in 2021.
Use A Lid
Tip one in my energy saving series is as simple as they come:
Use A Lid
Yes, use a lid on your saucepans when you cooking on the hob.
Using a lid on your pots or saucepan when you’re cooking speeds up the cooking time. This is because the lid keeps the heat in the pan, where it’s needed, rather than escaping into the air. This reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food. It also stops you from unnecessarily heating your kitchen rather than your food.
Simmering vegetables, cooking pasta, rice, or potatoes, making soup or sauces, and boiling eggs will all benefit from you using a lid. The good news is so will your pocket too!
If you found this useful, then I’ve got lots more easy energy-saving tips right here in my archive.