Whether you prepare gourmet meals or have a fondness for Microwave popcorn, your kitchen is likely the busiest room in your house. This makes it the largest energy consumer in your house, accounting for over 25% of the total energy consumed by electrical appliances in the average household. This can be attributed not only to the large number of appliances located in the kitchen and the regularity that they get used, but also the physical size of each appliance and its resulting energy consumption.
Your fridge, freezer, oven and dishwasher account for the bulk of energy consumed in your kitchen. Your fridge alone accounts for 51% of all energy consumed in your kitchen, while the oven/stove accounts for nearly 18%, the freezer 13% and dishwasher 10%.
Many smaller appliances that get regular use, such as coffee makers, toasters and microwave ovens do not require a large amount of energy. However, they can contribute to escalating electricity bills depending on the amount of use they get in your household.
Older appliances will require more energy. If any of your appliances are more than 10 years old, replacing them could see significant energy savings, especially among the top energy consumers in your kitchen (the fridge, freezer and dishwasher).
Find out more about the individual appliances typically found in the kitchen and what you can do to save energy and money when using them.