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We all use energy everyday, but we don’t often think about the role it plays in our daily lives.

At Smart Energy GB, we've taken inspiration from the kitchen, and even poetry, film and music to show you how smart meters are transforming every household in the country.

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Energy saving recipes

 

There are loads of ways that you can save energy in the kitchen.

 Your oven uses a lot more energy then you might think. Give the oven a rest and try some of these energy saving recipes.


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Healthy noodle soup

 

What you'll need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 20g ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 spring onions
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • Shiitake mushrooms, handful
  • 1 lime
  • 2 packets of white or yellow miso soup (for making 400-500ml soup)
  • 250g soba noodles
  • 200g peas
  • 250g pak choi
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • Chopped coriander, small handful

Energy cost: 4p*
Serves: 4
Prep:  5 mins
Cook: 10 mins

(*Energy tariffs and prices vary)


 

Method:

 

  1. Thinly slice the garlic, ginger, pak choi, and the white sections of the spring onions
  2. Briefly fry all the sliced ingredients and the chilli flakes
  3. Add 2 litres of water
  4. Add miso soup powder and bring to the boil
  5. Add the noodles and simmer for 2 minutes
  6. Add vegetables
  7. Cut the lime into 8 slices, putting 4 into the pan
  8. Once noodles are cooked, add the green sections of the spring onions
  9. Add soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds
  10. Serve with coriander and a slice of lime


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One-pot easy roast chicken

 

What you'll need:

  • 400g carrots
  • 1.3 – 1.5kg whole chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Thyme and rosemary (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 500g small potatoes
  • Olive oil

Energy cost: 7p*
Serves: 4
Prep: 5 minutes    
Cook: 4 hours

(*Energy tariffs and prices vary)

 

Method:

 

  1. Peel carrots and place in the slow cooker
  2. Chop lemon in half and place both halves, and the garlic and herbs inside the chicken
  3. Drizzle with olive oil
  4. Sprinkle on salt and pepper
  5. Place chicken on the carrots in the slow cooker
  6. Put slow cooker on high and make sure the lid has a good seal
  7. After 2 and a half hours add the potatoes
  8. Cook for a further 1 and a half hours (so 4 in total)
  9. Remove the chicken and grill to brown it off
  10. Use the juices to make gravy

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Chocolately microwave flapjacks

 

What you'll need:

  • 75g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 25g honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 200g jumbo oats
  • 1 large banana
  • 75g chocolate drops

Energy cost: 3p*
Serving: 12 slices
Prep: less than 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes

(*Energy tariffs and prices vary)



 

Method:

 

  1. Mix the sugar, honey, salt, butter and vanilla paste in a small bowl
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute in a microwave
  3. Stir so the butter is melted
  4. Add oats and 50g of chocolate drops, stir again
  5. Line a non-metallic dish (approximately 8 inches in diameter) with baking paper
  6. Add half the flapjack mixture
  7. Add a layer of banana slices
  8. Press the remaining flapjack mixture on top
  9. Cook for 5 minutes on high in an 800W microwave
  10. Sprinkle on 25g of chocolate drops
  11. Microwave for 1 minute
  12. Leave to cool completely before serving

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How can a smart meter help?

 

Smart meters measure how much gas and electricity you’re using, as well as what it’s costing you, and display this on a handy in-home display.

They also send automatic meter readings to your energy supplier at least once a month, so you will receive accurate, not estimated, bills.

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