Donâ€™t fill the kettle, fill the cup10th July 2013
â€¢ Boiling one cup of water instead of a full kettle would save Â£2.7 million a day in the UK
â€¢ Save up to five times the amount of energy by boiling the water you need
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 Â£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 kettleâ€™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 a day in wasted power â€“ a problem recently highlighted by the Energy Saving Trust.
The daily cost and environmental impact on households and business when:
â€¢ Over boiling by one cup of water a day is Â£561,000
â€¢ Over boiling the kettle by five cups is Â£3,300,000
â€¢ Boling one cup of water uses 5,775,000 KgCO2
â€¢ Boiling a full kettle of water uses 31,350,000 KgCO2
Alan Tadd, Managing Director of Energenie says, â€œEven 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. Just making a slight effort and changing habits can help the environment and put more pennies in the pocket.â€
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 nationâ€™s carbon footprint â€“ that is the equivalent of 28,197 economy flights from London to New York.
Households and businesses looking to save energy and money elsewhere can invest in a low cost energy monitoring device, such as Energenieâ€™s Energy Saving Power Meter, to identify what appliances are the worst offenders and where energy and costs can be reduced.