Don’t fill the kettle, fill the cup

• Boiling one cup of water instead of a full kettle would save £2.7 million a day in the UK
• Save up to five times the amount of energy by boiling the water you need

kettleHarlow, England : Britain is a nation of tea drinks with 165 million cups* drunk every day. But while we enjoy the comforting taste of a cup of Rosie Lee, the country is also nation of energy wasters when it comes to making a brew: Brits could be wasting up to £2.7 million a day overfilling the kettle.

Energenie, specialist in energy saving products, is encouraging the nation to measure out the cups of water needed every time they boil a kettle. Relying on a kettle’s in-built measurement gauge can be inaccurate and although not everyone boils a full kettle of water every time they make tea, just overestimating by one cup can cost more than half a million pounds a day in wasted power – a problem recently highlighted by the Energy Saving Trust.

The daily cost and environmental impact on households and businesses:
• Over boiling by one cup of water a day is £561,000
• Over boiling the kettle by five cups is £3,300,000
• Boling one cup of water uses 5,775,000 KgCO2
• Boiling a full kettle of water uses 31,350,000 KgCO2

Alan Tadd, Managing Director of Energenie says, “Even we are staggered at the amount of energy and money wasted when boiling a full kettle of water. If people took more care measuring out a cup instead of blindly guesstimating the amount of water, they can save a lot of energy and money on their electricity bill. The average energy bill is now £1420** a year so by just making a slight effort and changing habits can help the environment and put more pennies in the pocket.”

With the kettle one of the household biggest energy draining offenders, overfilling also has a major impact on the environment. Boiling one cup instead of a full kettle would cut 23.5 million KgCO2 per day off the nation’s carbon footprint – that is the equivalent of 28,197 economy flights from London to New York.

Households and businesses looking to save energy and money can invest in a low cost energy monitoring device, such as Energenie’s Energy Saving Power Meter, to identify what appliances are the worst offenders and where energy and costs can be reduced.

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*Figures from UK Tea Council

**Figures from ofgem

As a calculation base, Energenie used an average UK tariff cost of 0.15p per KWh. The company also used its own Energy Saving Power Meter to calculate the energy, cost and KgCO2 of boiling one cup and a full kettle. A standard 1.7 litre kettle was used for the test.

Energenie designs and manufactures clever, energy saving products for both consumers and businesses. Energenie’s business philosophy is based on providing products for customers that are quality, convenient, save money and importantly help reduce energy consumption. Where appropriate Energenie can also assist with the installation of its products. Established in 2009, Energenie is a division of Sandal Plc. Energenie’s head office is in Harlow, Essex

Source: XL Communications

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