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Cutting Costs

Always ruining your budget? Bills getting too high to maintain?

Always hoping to cut costs?

Here's a few facts that might help you cook your own savings.

Australia, as a fact, is the driest inhabited continent the world. Surprisingly though, Australians are the highest per capital users of water in the world using 2.3 times the global average.

cost Just a dripping tap in the kitchen can waste up to 50 litres of water per day.

The kitchen is a major consumer of water in the home. Of total household water , 10% is used for cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking.

If you think that Household water usage has little impact on Australia's total water usage, think again. Households water actually accounts for 11% of the total water use in Australia!

So with this, here are some tips on how to save water in the kitchen

Put a plug in the sink when rinsing vegetables or fruit, rather than using flowing water.
washing dishes

- Soak your pots and pans rather than rinsing under a running tap.
- Collect the cold water from the tap while you’re waiting for it to heat up and use elsewhere later.
- Purchase the most water efficient dishwasher. (Find out more about the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme and it’s five star rating for appliances).
- Make sure the Tapware you purchase and install in your kitchens are WELS Certified - this makes sure your water consumption is efficient
- To reduce the amount of water used in dishwashers you may want to completely fill it up before use and use the economy setting
- Scrape dishes rather than rinsing under the tap
- Look for and fix leaking or dripping kitchen taps

Nearly 17% of all household greenhouse gas emissions in Australia in 2000 were generated by refrigerators and freezers. In Australia the average household has 1.3 refrigerators.

Households that dispose of a second fridge save an average of $190 a year in electricity bills and eight tonnes of greenhouse gases. Keeping refrigerators defrosted and at the right temperature also decreases energy use. The maintenance of appliances is also important. Damaged fridge seals can dramatically increase the electricity required to run them. The choice of cooking method can be important,with how you cook up more savings. With pressure cookers, microwaves and electric fry pans being more energy efficient than ovens, Here's a few notes to consider:

Prepare in the microwave

Microwave cooking is actually beneficial because :

- You will save around 75% of energy used
- Food cooks faster,  retains more vitamins,  cannot burn (except those with high fat or sugar content)
- Your oven (and kitchen) stays cool
- You can defrost quickly and safely
- Combination microwave/convection ovens allow the browning of food

....and a few more for other small kitchen appliances:

Electric Frypans – can cook most things you would cook in an oven or on a stove and they are generally much cheaper to run
Toaster Ovens – can roast, toast and brown small amounts of food quickly and cheaply
Mini Convection Ovens – small versions of fan-forced ovens. They are compact, easy to use and cheap to run.
Electric kettles - boil water much faster and more efficiently than boiling on stove, resulting in good savings if you like your cuppa. Use a kettle which shows the water level and boil only the amount you need.
Slow Cookers – uses low heat to slowly cook without much supervision, so may be left unattended for long periods.
Pressure Cookers – conserve energy and preserve all of the goodness in food. They cook in one third the normal time.

Follow this simple guides and apply these knowledge in the kitchen. The next time you need a little help you'd be surprised that you actually might have some extra savings for that extra expense after all.