There’s no greater comfort in today’s complexities than to spend time enjoying delectable and healthy home cooked meals with the family. Who wouldn’t like to come home with a surprise of your favorite dish?
Perhaps the only surprise that one does not like to get in the kitchen is the shock of a high electricity bill. According to Meralco, 26% of electricity consumed in a typical Filipino household comes from the kitchen.
To address the consumers’ struggle to reduce electricity consumption, Philips, trusted provider of home innovations, has tied up with Meralco as part of its Bright Ideas campaign. The collaboration aims to educate consumers on innovative new technologies that promote energy efficiency, empowering customers to manage electricity consumption and ultimately, an overall improved lifestyle.
RJ Buenaventura, Commercial Leader of Philips Philippines Inc., Personal Health Sector, said, “The first step in closely watching your utility expenses is identifying the right energy-saving appliances. Our collaboration with Meralco enables our customers to make informed decisions from the instant they step in the appliance store and see a sign of approval through the campaign’s orange tags – wherein the estimated energy consumption per cycle of the appliance is displayed – up to the moment they enjoy their meals at home.
1. Get to know your appliances. To watch your electricity consumption in the kitchen, it is a good idea to be fully aware of the different features that your appliance possesses – and how it affects your bills. You might want cost-efficiency to be the top feature in your wish list. Meralco Power Lab results show that it only costs P18.49 per hour to use an induction heat cooker versus LPG’s P47.05 hourly cost to operate. These energy cost savings easily translate to reduced operational expenses at home or for business.
2. Not all appliances are created equal. Instead of using your oven for everything, consider looking for alternative appliances that were developed for the particular task you wish to accomplish. For example, use a slow cooker, which only uses slightly more energy than your average light bulb, when preparing stews rather than a stove top. It not only saves money, but time as well.
3. Cook more. You got that right. If you’re going to turn the appliance on, you might as well make the most out of it. Take advantage of the heat and use it to cook more than just one dish at a time. There are several appliances that allow you to cook several dishes in one go.
4. Save time to save money. The less time the appliance is in use, the less energy is produced, which in turn reduces the costs. This is why it is important to choose appliances that are meant to cook a particular type of food in the shortest possible time, in the best possible way. Most dishes can be cooked from between 10-20 minutes using an air fryer, and it just costs P7.49 per hour according to the Meralco Power Lab Results. This cuts down not only the time but also money that you would normally spend in the kitchen.
5. Use smaller appliances for smaller cooking jobs. Use a toaster oven rather than a stove oven whenever possible. They are able to do the same job for a fraction of the cost and the time. This is because they use up less energy, because it does not require the production of the same amount of heat.
6. Use a multicooker. Not only is it the healthier option, it will also save you money. You can cook vegetables on one layer, and meat on the other. This kills the cooking time, the cleaning time, the effort needed to be exerted, and the costs garnered because it only consumes P3.71 per hour. It’s a win-win situation all round.
7. Consider getting an upgrade. Filipinos are known for making appliances last for as long as possible. We’re always reasoning that, “if it isn’t broken, why fix it?” Deficiencies in old appliances reflect greatly on the monthly bill, because they no longer function with the same effectivity. So maybe it’s time to finally toss out some of our old appliances for newer, for energy-saving technologies.