Thursday, 24 June 2010

Lilith's Domestic Tips #1

I haven't been blogging because life is hectic and it is easy to get out of the habit if you don't just sit down and do it!

Anyway, here is something I discovered this year...using a gas kettle instead of an electric one saves us about £15 a month (Yes, we drink a lot of tea.)

And Lilith's planet saving tip No2. is using one of these

You can put everything in them, cooked meat, bread, tea bags and you end up with fab fertiliser/compost, which has made our garden go bonkers this year, and eco friendly drain cleaner. It is a great little gadget especially if you have an Elby to deal with the thing. Our local council collects food waste every week. I am waiting for them to fine me for not putting any out.

21 comments:

Bill Quango MP said...

Gas Kettle? NO! Need tea NOW! I'm only sorry I don't have one of these installed.

http://aquahot.co.uk/index.php?action=store&ctg=1&show_ctg=351

I notice in France and the USA its quite hard to buy an electric kettle.
But then they drink coffee..

Scrobs... said...

That's one heck of a saving Lils, and as we seem to be on a tea binge at the moment, I reckon you're on to something.

Problem - 'Turrets' has no gas, well, not North Sea Gas that is...

OK, how many cups a day then? I had six today, which I think is a record... oh heck, I need a new blog item so I'll save the rest.

That Compo machine is pretty neat; we seriously thought of getting one, but it was about three minutes after I'd redesigned and built the kitchen, and there really is nowhere cool to keep it. Bummer that, although the compost heap has a two year cycle, and it's interesting rediscovering all those knives, wireless parts, distant relations, floppy discs etc when they've been missing for so long!

lilith said...

Ha, Bill the trouble is the electric kettle doesn't sing, so I wander off and forget to make my tea, so I have to boil it again. The gas kettle makes a hell of a racket, is easier to get limescale out of, and is pretty quick to boil on the largest gas-ring.

Scrobs, six! Pah! A lightweight.

We got the composter because we don't have space for a heap Scrobbers. How exciting to unearth such goodies! That's where my specs went, etc...

Blue Eyes said...

L, you highlight something which I kind of half noticed the other day which is per unit energy (kWh or whatever you choose) electricity is something like five times the price of gas. I had actually been thinking about how this knowledge could be converted into useful savings! Brilliant idea!

As for the composting, I have been mulling this for years now but without a garden am wondering how much use this would be...

Anonymous said...

I've installed a box of light local white in the fridge, with a tap on the front. It is quite as good a pick me up as a cup of tea although sometimes I have to have a little lie down as the day wears on.

An electric kettle here would cause the house electricity contract to blow a fuse. Mr Q wouldn't find electric kettles in Italy either.
hg

Trubes said...

Gracious Lils, that is quite a saving. We have a new Electric kettle that annoys the life out of me. Even without water in it, it is too heavy for me to lift, with my arthritic hands.
Then, when turned on, it makes a terrific noise, usually blotting out a critical part in The Archers.
After all this, to add insult to injury, it flashes a bloody great blue light around the kitchen, which, serves no purpose when one is elsewhere in Chez Trubes!
I agree with you Lils.....
Bring back the Gas, Whistling kettle!
Right back to The Fifties, dontcha think Scrobs?

Di.xx

lilith said...

Go for it Blue Eyes. It is the only thing we have done differently so the savings are totally the kettle.

I can see the composter would not be any use to you. For keen gardeners only, I would say.

Haha HG, how sensible. We have a fine cider box with a tap but it doesn't fit in the fridge, so we have to decant it into tonic bottles :-) Unwise to start on the cider much before 6pm though...It is already resulting in Elby producing shop bought pizzas for supper....

lilith said...

Trubes, we had one of those. Luckily they don't last very long. It does remind you to switch the thing off at the wall though, that grim blue light... You must get a lighter kettle. Some camping ones are very light.

I have never liked the idea of drinking water that has been boiled in plastic either...just seems wrong.

Elby The Berserk said...

Westons have free delivery - maybe not to Italy, HG - on their 20 litre polypins of Old Rosie. Just the ticket for these hot summer days. It tastes just like apple juice, so before you know it, you are merry. I am, as the song goes, a cider drinker.

Elby The Berserk said...

I buy a very good pizza :-)

Scrobs... said...

"I've installed a box of light local white in the fridge".

Always a good idea HG. The real emergency always surfaces when about three nanoseconds before Mrs S is dishing up a perfect cheese flan the height of Lord Goodman's trousers, I find that the crisp white bottle does in fact have a cork, and the corkscrew is somehow buried in a field in an adjoining county...

Gummidge Inc said...

The other song goes: Zippin zider, zi-i-ppin zider, I'm zippin zider by the zee.

lilith said...

You could start by looking in the compost heap, Scrobbers...Just when you have the wine chilled to perfection too!

Elby the Beserk said...

We keep a corkscrew in the car, to deal with visiting the likes of Scrobs :-)

Anonymous said...

A UK kettle is around 3kW. Assuming that electricity costs you 20p per unit and that gas is, let's make a generous assumption, free of charge, then to save £15 per month you would have to be boiling the kettle for about 50 minutes a day.

lilith said...

At least, Anon :-)

circus monkey said...

I haven't been blogging because the surfeit of sport has driven me into a deeeeeeeeep depression!

Electro-Kevin said...

No way am I having any bukkake going on in my kitchen !

Weekend Yachtsman said...

An Aga is what you need.

Kettle boils faster than any feeble gas or electric thingy, since it's kept pretty hot all the time (due to being parked at the back of the thing when not in use), the kettle has a huge flat base, and the hotplate is very very hot (also all the time - no heating-up delays).

Of course aforesaid Aga costs a fortune to run, but you can boil as many kettles as you want without any additional cost, so the kettle-boiling is sort of free.

Or that's what I tell myself anyway.

the beast of clerkenwell said...

OH you compost?
I thought that smell in your garden was coming from the dogs and Elby (+;

lilith said...

Ahh, the delight of not having a telly, Circus Monkey :-)

WY, yes, an aga would be nice, but they are a bit like Playstations and Xboxes...you find them in other peoples houses...

E-K, go to the back of the class.

Beast, the smell still might have been Elby or the dogs....