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7 ways to save on your energy bills with a new kitchen or bathroom

As energy bills and the cost of living continue to rise, it may seem like now isn’t the time to start any home renovation projects - however, this isn’t necessarily true. Old appliances, leaky showers and dated technology will only add to your monthly expenses and running costs, so making the investment in a new kitchen or bathroom could pay off in the long run.


If you’re still on the fence, we’ve shared 7 ways you could ultimately save money on your energy bills if you decide to get a new kitchen or bathroom, as well as efficient features to consider in your new design…

Factor a gas or induction hob into your new kitchen design


While many of us are accustomed to using electric hobs for cooking, induction or gas hobs are a far more efficient option if you’re looking to get a new kitchen and save on your energy bills. Gas hobs tend to be cheaper to buy and run, and heat up much quicker than electric hobs, which add around £90 per year to your energy bills. That being said, if you don’t currently have a gas supply in your home then having one installed could be quite costly.


Induction hobs have become hugely popular in the past decade, and are a highly efficient option to cooking. Not only do they cook at a faster speed to traditional alternatives, induction hobs are specifically designed to use all of the heat they generate, whereas gas hobs tend to lose a lot of heat around the sides of the pans.


Don’t ditch the microwave


It may be tempting to get rid of as many additional appliances as possible when it comes to saving money on the running costs of your kitchen. Although this does make a difference to your energy bills, the microwave is one that’s definitely worth keeping in mind when getting your new kitchen.


Believe it or not, microwaves are actually very energy efficient - even more so than the hob or the oven. Of course, we can’t rely on the microwave for all our home cooking, however, they are definitely an appliance that’s worth keeping or investing in when you get a new kitchen, and using it as much as you can to keep your energy costs down.

Choose an easy to clean oven


Cleaning the oven is always one of those dreaded chores which gets neglected, however, it may contribute to increased energy bills than one that regularly gets the once over. A clean oven is much more efficient than a dirty one, as heat ends up being absorbed by soot and grease instead of your food, which means cooking times take longer and more energy is used as a result.


At North East Interiors, we’re master partners of NEFF, and can’t speak highly enough of the EasyClean and Pyrolytic features that come with many of their fantastic ovens. Whether you use these functions separately or in combination with one another, you can make sure your oven is left spotless and working at its optimum efficiency without having to use nasty chemicals and a lot of elbow grease.


Use an energy efficient shower head

A leaky, inefficient shower head may seem like a small annoyance, however, it can wreak havoc on your energy bills if it goes unreplaced. According to a leading bathroom supplier, an average family could save about £45 on their gas bills and £25 on their water bills each year if they replaced their inefficient shower head with a water efficient one.

Energy-efficient shower heads have been around for years, but don’t be fooled into thinking these mean poor quality and low pressure. Newer models of energy efficient shower heads use apertures and air to create a stronger water pressure and a more pleasant shower every time, and will pay for itself with the cost savings you could make.

Incorporate LED lighting

Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, ensuring you include LED lighting in the design of your new space will be kinder to your energy bills than any other bulb. LED is a highly energy efficient option when it comes to lighting your space, and uses up to 75% less energy than incandescent lighting, according to Energy.gov.

There are so many options when it comes to LED lighting to make your new kitchen and bathroom look amazing and cut your energy bills at the same time. Opt for under shelf spotlights or strips to provide extra light while you’re preparing meals in the kitchen, or get an LED mirror and under unit strips to make your bathroom ambient and relaxing.

Use smart home apps

Modern home technology needn’t be complicated or daunting - it can revolutionise the way you live your life and spend time at home, offering unrivalled convenience and the ability to reduce your rising utility bills.

By running kitchen or bathroom appliances through your home’s Wi-Fi and connecting them to your smart home app, you can control and monitor energy usage at your fingertips. Things like controlling water waste, pressure and temperature by using a smart shower head, automatically or switching off lighting appliances when not in use are all made possible through smart home apps, making it even easier to save money on your bills.


Rethink the bath

Some of us love nothing more than a long soak in the bath as a way to relax and unwind, but many are now forgoing the bath in favour of a more energy efficient shower when the time comes to get the bathroom renovated.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, swapping just one bath a week with a 4-minute shower could save £20 a year on your energy bills. Overall, showers cost a lot less to run than baths as you’re using and heating less water, so if you’re looking to make some savings on your energy bills, ditching the bath and instead opting for a deluxe shower might be worth considering if you’re looking to get a new bathroom.



Ready to embark on the journey to your dream kitchen or bathroom? Pop into our Bridge of Don showroom to chat with our friendly team of expert designers, or book an appointment below…





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