Hello it’s Nureen here your IKEA Live LAGOM influencer. In December I had the pleasure of attending Live Lagom “Cosy Homes Workshop”. We learnt different ways of making your homes cosier for the winter season and finding new ways of reducing your energy bills.
Layers, Layers and more Layers.
When you visit your IKEA Store have a look at the “living” display section, this will inspire you with simple ways to save yourself money during the winter months.
1. Draft Excluders – we all have left over materials in our homes, i.e. old children clothes, curtains, pillows and a sewing kits. Be innovative and creative by making your own draft excluders. This will allow you to keep the temperature of your house up to the desired level.
I can’t lie sewing is not my forte and I remember when I first attended the “Cosy Homes workshop” 2 years with my mum. I kind of cheated (Ashamed faced) because my mum made my draft excluder as I could not sew. But second time around I was determined to at least learn how to sew and was shown by Hermina (My Team Leader multi- skilled Guru) she really taught me well.
2. Curtains and lining – I have both blinds and curtains at home, as I live in a detached end terrace house I am constantly losing heat. One really cool trick I learnt was to invest in a nice thick rug for my flooring and invest in thick curtains for my windows. This has certainly reduced my gas bill and for an extra boost I have IKEA’s unlined curtains under my curtains to add an extra layer to stop the heat from escaping.
3. Cushions, blankets and more blankets – The trick to layering is all about using different fabrics and textures in order to keep your home nice and cosy. My favourite is a mixture of thick 100% cotton blankets. I stay away from Wool as I am allergic but Wool and Cashmere are excellent insulators.
Energy Efficient Cooking Equipment:
Did you know your cooking methods equals to 4% of your annual energy bills? (According to uswitch.com).
As a Chef I know very well the importance of investing in good cooking equipment that will serve you well for the future. I know many of us have different budgets, however by making this purchase will save you money in replacing these items in the future.
Get to know the materials and heat retention of your pots and pans:
Conducting Heat – Stainless pots and pans are most common equipment’s to buy, they heat very well. However they can also lose heat, which in turn means you have to use more energy to keep the heat in the pan for the cooking process. A better conductor range is copper bottom range, it heats up quicker than stainless and can cut down the cooking time.
Understand how your pots and pans work so avoid burning your food.
Retaining Heat – My favourite Cast Iron Range, this is an oldie but goodie. I would say its one of the best investments you will make. Cast Iron is a great retainer of heat in your pan /pot. Therefore you can reduce or switch off the heat 10 minutes before the cooking time to complete the dish. Cast Iron is a strong and durable material, you won’t need to replace this in a hurry.
On this note safe most cooking pots/pans are often stainless steel, Cooper, Cast Iron, ceramic.
Other 5 top tips for energy efficient cooking:
Make this change today!!
1. Use the right size pot or pan for the amount you are making.
2. Pre-measure your water for boiling.
3. If you are boiling food- use the hot kettle water so it will boil faster and use less energy.
4. Use the right stove hob for the right size pot or pan “small pan small nob”-They are different sizes for a reason.
5. Cover foods whilst cooking.
For more tips on Energy Efficient Cooking Equipment and Methods check out www.feedmegood.co.uk.
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