How it all started in the kitchen*

kitchen gas hob

When you have a little bean it can be difficult to keep an eye on how much energy you are using in the kitchen, at least that’s what the voice says. I’m not so sure, I’m so little I can’t see how I use up more energy than a big bean but these might be the reasons why:

  • Boiling the kettle for feeds
  • Slow cooking meals for convenience
  • More washing, lot’s more washing. Especially if you are using reusable nappies like the voice is.
  • More washing up

The voice says here’s some ways she’s found that reduce the energy used in the kitchen:

  • You can get Eco-Kettles that aren’t too expensive and claim to use up to 66% less energy. These are made by several different companies. The voice hasn’t tried any yet but why not Google it if you’re interested.
  • You can slow cook using something called a Wonderbag. It’s a great invention that doesn’t use electricity instead, it uses the heat retained in the food when you make the initial cook. For more information go to
  • When you’re using the washing machine or the dishwasher, try to use the lowest setting possible. Most appliances these days will have an eco setting, so try using this.
  • You don’t need at electric or steam steriliser to sterilise your bottles, if you don’t want to. You can use Milton Tablets instead and sterilise in cold water. Great if you’re out and about. For more information go to

The voice says she’d love an eco kettle and a Wonderbag but she’s going to wait until the kettle and slow cooker we already have, needs replacing. She says something called Christmas is coming soon too. I’m not sure what that means but she says it’s a lovely time for family.

These are only a few ideas on how to save energy in the kitchen and if you have any yourself the voice would love to hear them, so don’t forget to tell us what you’ve bean up to below.


*Title taken from the song Kitchen by  The Lemonheads.


2 thoughts on “How it all started in the kitchen*

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Those are all good ideas, Little Bean. And I’ve found that you save time and energy by cooking more than you will need for one meal and then freezing the rest for another day. That way you can also take advantage of lower bulk prices when shopping.


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