Home Energy Hogs: Clothes Dryers In The US And Tea Kettles In The UK. Tea Kettles?

The 4%'rs:  Tea Kettle vs Clothes DryerIt seems people in the UK love their tea the way we love our dry clothes. According to an article in the Guardian Sustainable Business Blog, the Brits are loving their tea so much that it’s accounting for 4% of UK household carbon emissions. The 4% is familiar because it matches how much electricity is consumed by clothes dryers in a US household.

How can a tea kettle use so much power? It seems tea drinkers in the UK like their tea hot and due to distractions, have to re-boil the water in their tea kettle 2.4 times per cup of tea. The solution offered by the article was clothesline-simple – whistles on tea kettles.

Easy fix and our only job left is to find a less-dorky Jubbling equivalent website in the UK that will push tea kettle whistles the way we push clotheslines. [Guardian SBB via Grist]



  1. GreenEngineer says

    Another odd thing about kettles is that they are usually not insulated. We found an electric kettle that is insulated, with double wall stainless steel construction. It heats water VERY fast. Added advantage: no plastic parts touching the hot water.

    Downside is that there is no whistle, so you have to pay attention. But if you miss, the water stays hot for a long time.

    Typically I prefer gas over electric as a heat source for cooking, but I’m pretty sure that this kettle is actually more efficient (even in terms of fuel energy input, including generation losses) than a conventional kettle on a stove: the conventional kettle loses a lot of heat up and around the sides, whereas in this design, 100% of the energy input goes into the water.

  2. Thanks for the comment and noticing that I put ‘electricity’ instead of power. Like the insulated electric ‘steel’ kettle too.