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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.

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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!

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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:

  1. 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.

    Download the recipe here

  2. 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.

    Download the recipe here

  1. Air fryer blinis with creme fraiche and smoked salmon

    Poopy is offering an 'all air fryer' canape trio. A sure-fire way of making a recipe cheaper and more energy efficient is using an air fryer instead of the oven. Give this creme fraiche and smoked salmon blini recipe a try next time you have your friends over!

    Download the recipe here

  2. Air fryer crispy wontons with chilli oil

    According to our research, 32% of people choose the air fryer as their winter appliance of choice. This crispy wonton recipe will show you why.

    Download the recipe here

  3. Air fryer potato croquetas

    Completing our air fryer canape trio are the potato croquetas. These delicious croquetas will leave your guests wanting more while also keeping your energy bills lower.

    Download the recipe here

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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

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