People cut costs at Christmas with recipes that reduce bills by 67%

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According to research by Smart Energy GB, Festive food is the highlight of Xmas celebrations for 69% of people, followed by spending time with family and friends and receiving gifts. More than a third of us cook for 6-8 people throughout December – spending an average of £225.80 on food and drink over the season.

Many households are shifting away from the trusty oven with nearly half saying they couldn’t manage without their air fryer. 44% of those surveyed said they plan on cooking with an air fryer for their Christmas dinner – with roast potatoes (67%), pigs in blankets (52%) and meat joints (36%) the most popular dishes of choice – saving them upwards of 18% in energy costs compared to using the oven, according to data from Energy Saving Trust.

While 32% turn to their air fryer so they can spend less time cooking and more time socialising while hosting, over half (56%) use it in a bid to be more mindful about their energy use when cooking due to the impact on their energy bills.

42% of those with a smart meter say they will be monitoring its in-home display more closely this year than ever before to track their energy use in near real-time. A further 30% of households are looking for more energy efficient ways to host and cook over the festive season, with one in ten (12%) considering buying ready-to-eat canapés or serving cold buffet food.

Smart Energy GB is partnering with Michelin-trained chef and TikTok ‘Potato Queen’ sensation, Poppy O’Toole to offer energy efficient recipes and hacks.

Victoria Bacon, Director at Smart Energy GB, said: “Food is one of the nation’s favourite parts of the festive season, but with an increase in time spent in the kitchen, many households will be thinking about how this might impact their energy bills. Having a smart meter and in-home display on hand can help to monitor energy use at home, showing how much you’re spending in near real-time. Being more in control of energy use and knowing what you’re spending also means the festive season won’t be interrupted by an unexpected energy bill.”

Putting Poppy’s canapés to the test, Energy Saving Trust has estimated that the alternative recipe for the smoked salmon or beetroot houmous blinis reduces energy costs by 67% compared to the traditional method, and a further 38% for the potato croquetas.

Poppy O’Toole’s recipes can be found on the Smart Energy GB website, here.