1/ Induction, vitroceramic, gas… I evaluate the advantages of hotplates when buying and after
Choosing the right hob: the price of induction hobs has fallen. Consider this option if you need to equip yourself. For a lower purchase difference than before, this technology will allow you 30% less electricity consumption than ceramic hobs (and 50% less than that of conventional plates).
Its advantage: a very rapid rise in temperature, an immediate stop as well than an instantaneous cut in the absence of a container.
His flaw: it may require you to replace some of your cookware (only works with magnetic metals, so not aluminum). However, you can work around the problem by equipping yourself with a induction adapter with handlea metal accessory to slide under the pan that transfers heat between the plate and your dish.
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But natural gas (if you are connected to city gas) stay cheaper than electricity, even if the price gap narrows. Thus, a plate equipped with gas burners will cost less in annual consumption, but will require a little more maintenance (regular cleaning of the burners in particular, changing the hose after 10 years, etc.). However, you can opt for a wear-resistant stainless steel hosemore expensive to buy… but guaranteed for life!
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2/ I choose a class A oven
The consumption of an oven conventional varies between 0.7 and 1 kilowatt hour (kWh), for a total of approximately 130 kWh per year. An average use of 3 hours per week of electricity will cost around €25 per year.
The bill is lower for a gas oven, but the price of this fuel increases faster. And the bill can significantly increase for pastry enthusiasts who use it daily. When buying, choose if possible equipment rated A in energy consumption.
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3/ I apply some tips to reduce the consumption of the oven
During use, a few simple habits are recommended to reduce the consumption of your oven:
– limit preheating to 10 minutes;
– start pyrolysis after cooking;
– regularly check the condition of the door seals;
– depending on the recipe, you can also turn off the oven a little before the end of cooking.
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4/ I opt for an energy-efficient refrigerator
A typical refrigerator consumes about 200 kWh/year;
a fridge-freezer between 200 (class A+) and 500 kWh/year (class D) – it’s usually less than the two separate devices;
A large American refrigerator consumes up to 800 kWh/year! Or bills of around €15 to €125 per year.
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5/ I place the refrigerator away from heat sources
To ensure its longevity and reduce its consumption, a few precautions must be taken:
Place it away from a heater or oven (even if the latter, for the most modern, give off less heat than before). The refrigerator cools the room temperature. He will have more “work” to do in a room at 23° than at 18°. This can result in up to 30% higher consumption.
You can also install an insulating plate between this equipment, and avoid a very sunny location in the kitchen.
6/ I maintain my refrigerator regularly
Defrosting and cleaning the rear grills of the refrigerator are necessary to ensure good air circulation. Each half centimeter of frost on the walls results in overconsumption of 30%. Average defrost every month or before the ice cover reaches 2 to 3 mm.
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7/ Clever: I thaw in my fridge!
A little trick is to put products from the freezer in the fridge rather than outside. It is of course longer and you have to think about it in advance. But defrosting the product can thus cool the fridge compartment and limit the appliance’s consumption.
8/ No packing boxes in my refrigerator
It’s very simple, but we can never say it enough: removing cardboard packaging (yoghurts, compotes, small bottles or cans, etc.) allows better circulation of cold air in the refrigerator compartment and promotes better efficiency.
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