If you adopt a 'cook once, eat twice' approach to meal preparation, you can reduce your energy use further. Cooking larger amounts of food in one go saves energy, as reheating food in a microwave or on the hob is quicker than cooking from scratch. Making enough for two meals can save time too, and often reduces food waste.
This doesn't mean you have to eat the same meal night after night. A bolognaise sauce made with mince, onions and tomatoes can be served with spaghetti on day one, then turned into lasagne, chilli (with beans, sweetcorn and chilli added) or a filling for jacket potatoes on day two. Or freeze extra portions to use another week.
Other energy-saving ideas for the kitchen include keeping your freezer full – as half-empty freezers cost more to run than full ones – and using a lid on pans when cooking food. Also be sure not to overfill the kettle – only boil the amount of water that you actually need.
Reduce kitchen plastics
Plastic is everywhere – including in our kitchens. But much of it can be avoided.
According to UNESCO, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. A simple switch from single-use plastics – like water bottles or straws – to reusable items could make a huge difference.