Not many households these days are without an electric kettle. It is just so convenient to have boiling water at the push of a button- we would be lost without one. Recently, I treated myself to a traditional stove top kettle thinking it would be a more responsible to boil water on my gas hob. But no, apparently not. According to UK research conducted in 2003, CO2 emissions using a gas hob are about 15% higher than those using an electric kettle. Of course this depends on your source of electricity and whether you are using natural gas or not but basically there are not a whole lot of eco credits to be had by ditching your electric kettle in favour of the gas ring. So my lovely red kettle sits, gorgeous but silent, on the gas hob. That comforting whistle, evocative of cups of tea at my gran’s house, only gets to perform when there is a power cut.
There are plenty of so called “green” kettles on the market. Though technically no more energy efficient than a normal kettle they offer features that make it easier to boil the exact amount of water you need. Some have better insulation to preserve the heat longer and others have the option to program the kettle to temperatures lower than boiling. Nothing mind-blowingly innovative. Before you are seduced by the allure of an all-singing-dancing eco kettle consider the few easy steps you can take to make your water boiling as energy efficient as possible.