How to make your groceries last longer

Make the weekly shop last longer with a few Smarter Living tricks from Electric Ireland to help you save food and energy.

 There is nothing worse than seeing your groceries perish before your eyes. Many of us are guilty of doing a weekly shop then leaving food in the fridge unused a week later. In fact, UK households still waste approximately 4.5m tonnes of food and drink a year as reported by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Therefore, to help your groceries stretch a little further, we’ve compiled our favourite grocery tips below that will help you save money in the process.

  1. Know your fridge’s temperature.

    Adjusting the temperature of your fridge to suit your home is very important when it comes to food longevity. Just like Goldilocks, if the temperature is too hot your food will spoil and if it is too cold, it will freeze. Play around with the temperature to find a balance that’s ‘just right’.

    Also remember to close the door behind you! Each time the refrigerator door is open cold air escapes and warm air enters which means more energy is used to bring the temperature back. Which will cost you in the long run!

  2. Cook once, eat twice.

    Meal prep is a great way to reduce food waste and decrease your electricity consumption. When cooking a meal, consider making enough for the whole family or for your lunch the next day. By cooking in bulk, you will use up the ingredients in your fridge, save electricity and reduce time spent cooking.

  3. Don’t bin it, freeze it.

    If your groceries are getting near their use-by date, think about popping them in the freezer for future use. This way, you can buy less next time and reduce food wastage in the process. Alternatively, you can do ‘a big shop’ for the month and freeze items like bread, milk and meat products – always read the freezing instructions on pack for best results.

  4. Switch and save.

    Make the switch to Electric Ireland today and enjoy a £60 Tesco voucher when your switch completes. Helping you save money on your grocery bill.

    View our price plans online or give us a call on 0345 600 5335

  5. No rotten apples.

    A rotten apple really can spoil the whole bunch. When you get home from the supermarket, make sure to open and check your fruit before packing it away. If one piece is spoiled or rotten, it will reduce the shelf life of the surrounding fruit and vegetables. 

  6. Keep it fresh.

Remove any crumbs or debris from the cupboards and fridge to help prevent the spread of mould or bacteria. The cleaner the space, the longer your food will last.

With our Smarter Living tips to help your groceries last longer, you are sure to reduce your household’s food waste levels whilst saving on electricity. Don’t forget tip #4 – Switch and save today to receive a £60 Tesco voucher. T&C’s apply.