Winter Warmers: Energy saving recipes for the kitchen
We've developed some energy saving recipes to help you manage energy use this winter. It's also useful to get a smart meter, as it helps track your energy usage in near-real time.
How much energy do I use in the kitchen?
On average, we spend about 72 hours in the kitchen during the winter months and 55 hours in the summer. The average household oven is on for 64 hours from December to February alone. And this rise in energy use is adding upwards of £18 to our energy bills.* You can find out how much your oven costs you by using your smart meter.
How to save energy in the kitchen
Your smart meter and its accompanying in-home display can help track your energy usage in near-real time. Turn that oven on and see, in pounds and pence, just how much it's costing you.
On top of that, your smart meter sends automatic meter readings, so you don't need to worry about receiving estimated bills.
You could also save energy and money by using our energy-saving recipes below!
Energy saving recipes
We've teamed up with Michelin-trained Chef, Poppy O'Toole to help provide some conscious cooking recipes this winter. Check them out below:
Slow cooker cottage pie with cheesy mash
39% of us listed cottage pie as our favourite winter warmer dish.** This one was specially designed to save on energy. Using your slow cooker instead of the oven could save you money in the long run.
Veggie toad in the hole with onion gravy
Not only is this recipe delicious, but making your meals vegetarian could help with making things cheaper. Try out this energy saving toad-in-the-hole next time you need some comfort food.
Hiya, it’s Poppy Cooks here, and I’m here with Smart Energy GB and my top winter warmers to cook consciously with the help of a smart meter and in-home display.
For this cottage pie:
Chop up your veg, your carrots, your onions, your garlic and then coat your diced beef with cornflour before chucking it all into the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Then, for your mash:
Chop and boil your spuds, drain the potatoes, add your butter, cream, seasoning, and then mash them up.
Now back to that delicious slow cooking beauty, which is a really efficient way of cooking by the way.
And then just look at that, put some cheese on it, get the mash on there and voila. Get it in my face immediately, please, and thank you.
Then for your veggie toad in the hole:
Preheat your air fryer, mix up your batter, drop those veggie sausages in and get it in the air fryer for 15 mins.
Smart meters are available at no extra cost and on this handy little display I can see exactly what I’m spending on energy.
Then… gorgeous gravy:
Get those onions browned off, and some stock and then look at that!
Serve it up straight on a plate… mash… gravy… veg and dig in.
What wonderful winter warmers.
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*Savings assume a gas price of 6.9p/kWh and electricity price of 27.4p/kWh, based
on average price cap in GB for October 2023 – December 2023
**Research conducted of 2,000 UK adults who cook within the household between the 20th and 25th of October