1/ Induction, vitroceramics, gas… I evaluate the benefits of hobs at the time of purchase and afterwards
Choosing the right hob: The price of induction hobs has fallen. Consider this option if you need to equip yourself† For a lower purchase difference than before, this technology allows you to 30% less electricity consumption than ceramic hobs (and 50% less than that of conventional plates).
Its advantage: a very rapid temperature rise, also an immediate stop than an immediate cut in the absence of a container.
His flaw: you may need to replace some of your cookware (only works with magnetic metals, not aluminum). However, you can work around the problem by equipping yourself with a induction adapter with handlea metal accessory to slide under the pan that transfers heat between the plate and your dish.
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But natural gas (if connected to town gas) stay cheaper than electricity, even if the price difference gets smaller. For example, a plate equipped with gas burners will cost less in annual consumption, but will require a little more maintenance (especially cleaning the burners regularly, replacing the hose after 10 years, etc.). However, you can choose a wear-resistant stainless steel hosemore expensive to purchase… but guaranteed for life!
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2/ I choose a class A oven
The consumption of an oven conventionally varies between 0.7 and 1 kilowatt hour (kWh), a total of approximately 130 kWh per year† An average consumption of 3 hours of electricity per week costs about €25 per year.
The bill is lower for a gas oven, but the price of this fuel rises faster. And the bill can add up for patissiers who use it on a daily basis. When purchasing, choose if possible equipment classified as A in energy consumption.
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3/ I apply some tips to reduce the consumption of the oven
During use, some simple habits are recommended to reduce the consumption of your oven:
– limit preheating to 10 minutes;
– start pyrolysis after cooking;
– regularly check the condition of the door seals;
– depending on the recipe, you can also switch off the oven slightly before the end of cooking.
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4/ I opt for an energy-efficient refrigerator
A typical refrigerator consumes about 200 kWh/year;
a fridge-freezer combination between 200 (class A+) and 500 kWh/year (class D) – It’s usually less than the two separate devices;
A large American refrigerator consumes up to 800 kWh/year! Or bills from around €15 to €125 per year.
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5/ I place the refrigerator away from heat sources
To guarantee the service life and reduce consumption, some precautions should be taken:
Place it away from a stove or oven (even if the latter, for the most modern, gives off less heat than before). The refrigerator cools the room temperature. He will have more “work” to do in a room at 23° than at 18°. This can result in up to 30% higher consumption.
You can also install an insulating plate between these equipment, and avoid a very sunny place in the kitchen.
6/ I regularly maintain my refrigerator
Defrosting and cleaning the rear racks of the refrigerator is necessary to ensure good air circulation. Every half inch of frost on the walls results in an overconsumption of 30%. Average defrost every month or before the ice cover reaches 2 to 3 mm.
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7/ Smart: I defrost in my fridge!
A little trick is to put products from the freezer in the fridge instead of outside. It is of course longer and you have to think about it for a while. But by defrosting the product, the refrigerator compartment can cool down and the consumption of the appliance can be reduced.
8/ No packing boxes in my fridge
It’s very simple, but we can never say it enough: removing cardboard packaging (yogurts, compotes, bottles or cans, etc.) allows better circulation of cold air in the refrigerator compartment and promotes better efficiency†
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