I vowed when I started blogging never to take part in a stream of consciousness prompt. I generally want my thoughts to be well-polished before they are published. I know. It doesn’t always seem that way.

But there is a Stream of Consciousness prompt today that I could not resist.

So, here are my thoughts on “lid”.

  1. If you’re going to boil a pan of vegetables, you will boil more efficiently if you boil with a lid on the pan. You will lose less heat, therefore require less energy. It’s not just your energy bill – less heat lost to the environment also means less fuel burned, and, in general, less CO2 emitted.

That’s almost all I know.

On the subject of boiling pans of water, however, the most energy-efficient way of raising water’s temperature in the kitchen is by boiling a modern kettle – just think how quickly they get the water up to temperature. So, it is better to boil the kettle and then transfer the water, rather than to boil the water on the hob, from scratch.

If you do insist on boiling water on the hob, then as you might expect, modern hobs are better. Induction hobs are more efficient at transferring energy into the water than, say, the old gas or electric rings.

Originally tagged: SoCS


      • Convenience and speed incomparable, very fast. Cylinder vacuum is highly insulated so no heat loss. I quote from the Which report, “The cost of using a Quooker tap is said to be three pence per day (one penny per litre). On the other hand, the cost of boiling water in a full kettle is about two and a half pence per boil.” It’s nice not having a kettle on the bench, but initial cost outlay is high. We don’t regret it though. Use it for tea, and filling a pan for cooking.

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  1. I have these conversations with Mr Worms frequently. He has power monitors on our circuits and some of our appliances. All our heating/cooling/cooking/car power is electric and we have 7.2kw of solar panels. It is very much in our interest to be concerned about efficiency. I like that you took the time to write your thoughts. I think it would be great for the environment if we all thought about it.

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