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Homes could save over an hour's worth of energy on Easter roast by being smarter in the kitchen

  • British Gas gives its tips for planning the perfect Easter Roast while reducing energy usage
  • Householders could save £22 over the course of a year by reducing cooking times 
  • The survey shows that carrots are the vegetable people are most confident of cooking well

As more than half of British homes settle down to enjoy a traditional Easter roast today, British Gas has published new research which reveals that enthusiasts in the kitchen are overcooking their Sunday roast by up to 63 minutes, resulting in unnecessary energy use and disappointed diners.    

The study grilled householders on how long they thought all of the elements of a traditional roast took to cook and found that there was a significant disparity over some crucial items. Roast chicken was the item most likely to end up charred, with respondents adding an additional 43 minutes on to recommended cooking times. Roast beef and roast pork closely followed on the overcooking danger list whilst roast potatoes topped the vegetables most likely to get extra time in the oven.

Top overcooked roast items

Roast Item

Recommended time to cook (minutes)

Average time predicted to cook (minutes)

Difference (minutes)

Roast Chicken

60

103

43

Roast Beef

75

116

41

Roast Pork

90

117

27

Roast Potatoes

45

61

16

Peas

2

9

7

Broccoli

6

11

5

Sprouts

8

12

4

Cauliflower

8

12

4

Roast Lamb

112

116

4

 

The research was conducted by British Gas to raise awareness of how people can use smart meters to monitor and be smarter with their energy use. Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters. Customers are given a smart energy monitor that shows how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence. Meter reads are submitted automatically to British Gas, putting an end to estimated bills and having to submit meter readings.

Sarah Scrivener, Smart Energy Expert at British Gas commented:With so much socialising to do, it’s easy to get distracted and overcook things, but a few simple changes in the way you use energy can help towards saving the pennies. If you have smart meters, you can check your monitor to see exactly how much energy is being used in the kitchen and how much you are spending.

British Gas has compiled a selection of top tips to help reduce energy consumption when undertaking the challenge of a roast dinner:  

Sarah Scrivener advises:

  1. Under pressure  - Cooking a roast chicken in a pressure cooker takes about half the time it would need in an oven, and it’s especially good if you like your roast falling apart. As an optional extra you can crisp it up a bit by putting it in the oven for around 15 minutes afterwards.
  2. Watch the water - When you’re cooking vegetables, use just enough water to keep them covered.  Using the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. It’s quicker and uses less energy.  
  3. Size matters - Use a pan that’s the right size for your cooking ring, then put a lid on it – it’ll heat up quicker, so use less energy. If you’re cooking with gas, you only need the flame on the hob to be big enough to heat the base of the pan and also make sure the flame sits in the middle of the pan. This will help save gas and also stops the handle from getting hot and burning your hand.
  4. Think inside the box - Microwaves generally use 10% less energy than a conventional oven, so use your microwave whenever you can.
  5. Cool it down - Turn the oven off a couple of minutes early, while your food is still in there. Some dishes will cook while the oven’s cooling. Don’t keep the oven door open for long while food is cooking.

 

For more information on smart meters and energy saving tips, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/smart

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • Research conducted on a sample of 2,000 UK adults by Censuswide in March 2016.
  • Average power usage per appliance was calculated using http://energyusecalculator.com
  • UK population estimate taken from 2014 ONS figures here
  • Average cost saved annually calculated based on one roast per week
  • Average amount each meal is overcooked calculated on assumption that all roast items are included and taking an average of time meat is overcooked
  • Average cooking times for meat calculated based on 250g per person
  • Cooking method of boiling vegetables (excluding roast items) included
  • Average time to cook roast items:

 

Roast Item

Average time to cook (based on meal for four)

Source

Roast Chicken

75 minutes

Just Roast It

Roast Beef

60 minutes

Just Roast It

Roast Lamb

112 minutes

Just Roast It

Roast Pork

90 minutes

Just Roast It

Roast Potatoes

45 minutes

Love Potatoes

Sprouts

8 minutes

Cooking Basics for Dummies

Yorkshire Puddings (Homemade)

12 minutes

Jamie Oliver

Broccoli

6 minutes

Waitrose

Carrots

12 minutes

Cooking Basics for Dummies

Cabbage

12 minutes

Cooking Basics for Dummies

Cauliflower

8 minutes

Cooking Basics for Dummies

Swede

15 minutes

Think Vegetables

Peas

2 minutes

Recipe Tips

 

About British Gas

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy and home services provider, serving around 11 million homes – nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality home services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.

 

About Smart Meters

Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020. They come with a smart energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time. That information is shared with energy suppliers automatically, putting an end to estimated bills and meter readings for customers with credit meters, who pay by Direct Debit or quarterly by cash, cheque or card. British Gas is currently trialling Smart Pay As You Go with customers using prepayment meters. That will mean customers will be able to see their current balance and how much credit is remaining on the smart energy monitor. They will also be able to top up online, by smartphone app, over the phone or by visiting a local shop. British Gas is also trialling apps that enable smart meter customers to get information about their energy use on their smartphone. The information from smart meters gives customers a greater understanding of how they’re using their energy.

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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