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.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

15 thoughts on “Lids”

          1. Funny how one little word can be so different. I listen to so many audiobooks and most that I listen to ironically are set in the UK. I am starting to hear many words and it doesn’t phase me anymore…nappy, loo, …even the pronunciations! I like hearing the word “privacy” with a short i instead of the long i used here in the states. Not sure if it is a dialect thing there but I find myself getting hooked on some of the nuances of the language.

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            1. It really is a minefield. I’ve come to realise not just how we use little different words for the same thing. That I can handle, because it’s just the same as any foreign language.
              But the real kicker is where we sometimes use a common word, but mean totally different things by it.

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      1. 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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