Save Electricity - small scale

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Save Electricity - small scale

Post by cyprusmax47 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:48 am

Sometimes the trivial things can help us to save Energy.
How many times one uses a water kettle every day for a cuppa coffee
or tea? To save Energy I measure first the amount of water I put in
the kettle to bring it to boil. When it starts bubbling I switch of manually the
electric kettle (not to wait until it stops automatically)
This is saving at least 15 seconds running time of a 2500-3000 Watts kettle
and it will save up even much more seconds if one measures exactly the amount
of hot water he wants at the moment.
(by the way: coffee and tea taste better if the temperature is between 90 and 95C)

geoffreys

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Post by geoffreys » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:29 pm

cyprusmax47 wrote:
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:48 am
Sometimes the trivial things can help us to save Energy.
How many times one uses a water kettle every day for a cuppa coffee
or tea? To save Energy I measure first the amount of water I put in
the kettle to bring it to boil. When it starts bubbling I switch of manually the
electric kettle (not to wait until it stops automatically)
This is saving at least 15 seconds running time of a 2500-3000 Watts kettle
and it will save up even much more seconds if one measures exactly the amount
of hot water he wants at the moment.
(by the way: coffee and tea taste better if the temperature is between 90 and 95C)
Coffee certainly does - but not sure about tea, especially herb teas ??)
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Post by cyprusmax47 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:00 pm

I drink every day Green Tea loose leaves and found out that
with water temperature of app 60C and 2 minutes I like it the most.

Google:
How to Brew Green Tea
It's better to err on the side of lower temperatures with green teas. If your green tea tastes bitter or overly grassy, try brewing it at a lower temperature. Most green teas are best when brewed well below boiling temp (212 degrees Fahrenheit), at somewhere between 150 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit (about 65 to 80 degrees Celsius).

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Post by Dominic » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:09 pm

Coffee shouldn't be boiled. I am not so sure about a tea bag. It is an easy experiment to perform though...
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Post by Lincoln » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:38 pm

Go to Deloubaks coffee shop up in the old town. They do every coffee you can think of. Tried there Dutch coffee on the rocks.
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Post by Anarita John » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:54 pm

We are on the cheaper off peak rate electricity. However, from June to September we pay more for our electric from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We usually manage burning between 1 kw and 3 kw during this time. We fill one of those large pump flasks with boiling water for our numerous coffee drinks during the day. However, for tea, we do boil the kettle, but with only enough water needed.
We reckon the tariff we are on saves us in excess of €100 per year.

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Post by PaphosAL » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:56 pm

For what it's worth, when I was on the local hospital 7 week Pulmonary Rehab course, which consisted of two 2 hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday, (split into 1 hour of hard exercise and 1 hour of lecture or vice-versa), at the start of the lecture phase, the nice Respiraratory Nurses asked you if you wanted Tea or Coffee...

They made it on the spot, using common large stainless steel containers they had brought with them holding the hot water. Black coffee tasted fine, but the tea (milk and no sugar) tasted excellent! No way was that water at boiling point!

I've always understood that Tea needs to be brewed with 100ºc boiling water for best taste. Now, I'm not so sure, having tasted that hospital tea... Cheers- AL :)
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