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Cooking up energy efficiency

Put a lid on it – save on cooking time and use around 70% of the energy. A number of energy saving tips exist that can help you in the kitchen.

What can you do?

  • Use a lid for pots and saucepans.
  • Use a kettle for tea and soups. Regularly descale your kettle so that it can heat as efficiently as possible.
  • Make sure pans are placed properly on the hob.
  • Opt for good quality when purchasing a new pot/pan.

Additional information

To save additional energy when cooking, avoid “looking at the pot” (i.e. opening the lid frequently) – a tight-fitting, glass lid helps. In addition, thermal cookware minimizes energy use, CO₂ emissions. Food can simmer gently via residual heat even when the hob is turned off. The same meal could be prepared in different ways. If 500 grams of potatoes are cooked in an insulated pan, only 100 Wh of electricity is needed. The same meal in a steamer or cheap pan requires four times as much electricity, and when using an oven with steamer function, seven times as much. One can find good kettles at or

More energy saving tips for the kitchen

Ogi’s method for boiling eggs
Fill the pan with just a finger’s width of water. Place the eggs in the pan and cover. His method cooks eggs in the same amount of time, but requires three times less energy – due to low amount of water used and the lid sealing in the heat.

Coffee maschine
It’s important that your coffee maker has an automatic switch-off function and is set to a short shut-off time. The energy-intensive cup warmer should be turned off. Still in need of a heated cup? Warm it briefly with hot water from the coffee machine.

The microwave heats up foods the fastest and consumes less energy than the oven or stovetop.

A new efficiency class A +++ dishwasher requires only 7 to 10 liters of hot water and 0.7 to 0.9 kWh of electricity. Washing the same amount by hand is a challenge and typically requires a lot more water.

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