Gas consumption in the kitchen, here’s how to reduce consumption and save money

Gas consumption in the kitchen, here’s how to reduce consumption and save money
Gas consumption in the kitchen, here’s how to reduce consumption and save money
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How much gas do we consume when cooking on a traditional hob? And how to succeed contain costs without upsetting our eating habits? Here are 7 little “tricks” for save gas in the kitchen and calculate the consumption costs resulting from food preparation.

How to reduce gas consumption by avoiding waste

The cut in gas supplies from Russia and market speculations have led Italians to deal with expensive bills. While waiting for the next updating of Arera tariffs – expected from 1 October on a monthly basis and no longer quarterly – families and businesses find themselves dealing with the costs of the energy crisis.

If on the one hand the current situation does not allow us to hope for trend reversals, and the price of gas seems destined to rise again and reach levels never seen in the recent past, on the other it is evident that the only way to “protect” the budget family from the continuous increases is that of reduce waste.

Using the available energy resources responsibly, correcting possible “mistakes” is something we can do even in small everyday gestures, reviewing our behavior even in the kitchen.

Waste of gas in the kitchen, the most common mistakes

How many times do we exaggerate with the water to boil, or use too small pots placed on large stoves, perhaps powered by a high flame? These are all wrong behaviors that – if repeated over time – can lead to unnecessarily “inflated” bills.

For example, consider that the largest stove of a traditional hob has a power of 3 kW, and keeping it on for half an hour more every day involves an unnecessary consumption of about 0.16 cubic meters of gas. If we then multiply the daily consumption by 365 we discover that in a year the habit of using an excessive amount of water to cook pasta causes a waste of almost 60 cubic meters. Unmotivated consumption thus ends up forcing us to pay more than that 60 euros a yearcalculated on the basis of the current gas price of approximately 1 euro per cubic meter net of excise duties and taxes.

But how can you save gas in the stove? Leaving aside the passive cooking of pastawhich in recent days has aroused a lot of controversy and reactions from chefs, we can really make small changes to our eating habits without completely upsetting them.

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How to save gas in the kitchen

At first glance it may seem like an impossible mission, yet by applying a few small precautions in cooking food we could have great benefits on energy costs. The “tricks” to reduce gas waste can be summarized as follows:

  • use of cover: when we put a pot of water on the stove, the presence of the lid accelerates the boiling time
  • add the it only rises when the water is boiling: cold salt water takes longer (and more gas) to reach boiling point
  • use of pressure cooker for cooking all those foods that require long cooking times, such as legumes
  • cut the vegetables before cooking: for example, if we have to boil a potato we could do it in much less time if we choose to cook the tuber cut into cubes rather than left whole
  • use of pans with the bottom that spreads the heat evenly: browning, frying or sautéing in containers that distribute the heat to each point reduces preparation time and saves gas
  • choose proportioned pots to the size of the stove: the rule requires that the container must have a diameter of 5/8 cm greater than that of the flame dispenser
  • use of right amount of liquidi: 700 ml of water are enough to cook 100 grams of pasta (or 300 ml less than what we think otherwise). Boiling 700 ml of water, compared to the traditional liter, involves a saving of 7% of gas without affecting the final result in any way. And if we then use the lid, energy savings even reach 13%

Gas consumption in the kitchen, how much does it affect the bill?

The answer to this question is obviously linked to the frequency and types of cooking we usually do. Assuming a family of 2, perhaps both workers who snack outside the home during the week at lunchtime and use the hob mainly at dinner, we could hypothesize the use of an average stove – which consumes approximately 0, 18 cubic meters of gas – for about an hour a day. This would lead to an annual consumption of about 66 cubic meters, to which we should add another 20 for weekend lunches.

Based on these data – and considered i average natural gas prices established by Arera for contracts under the protection regime equal to about 1.05 euros / cubic meter – we can assume that the annual gas expenditure for an average family is around 90 euros, to which we should add excise duties and taxes.

The article is in Italian

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