Kettles! I love a hot cup of tea in the morning. I love a hot cup of tea when I get home from work. I love a hot chocolate before bed. So I'm understandably very fond of my kettle, and I've spent some time pondering its energy use. Two of the simplest pieces of energy saving advice I know are about kettles, and one of them was all my own idea!
"Only boil as much water as you need at a time" they all say. But the scale on my kettle doesn't know how big my cups are, so its scale is not helpful. I drew my own on. It works a treat. I have 2 sets of lines, plus the minimum the kettle can cope with just below that.
One cup - minimum level.
2 normal cups - next line up.
1 normal cup and one super-sized Elena cup- top line.
The second tip I heard or read somewhere and thought YES! That's absolutely right! It was "Never leave the room when you boil a kettle". I inevitably get distracted, come back 10 minute later and have to boil it again. On a bad day, I might boil that kettle three times before I get a cup of tea out of it. And only boiling the right amount of water doesn't help if you do it three times!
I'm feeling inspired, so I can part with a third tip tonight: It's really easy to make your own drinking chocolate- which means you can choose where the ingredients are from and how they're traded. I prefer to buy local beet sugar and fair trade cocoa- a combination that's hard to find in commercial hot chocolates. Put sugar and cocoa to taste in your mug: I like a small teaspoon of cocoa with a big teaspoon of sugar. Add hot water and milk if you like. Yum. Night night!
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