An Energy-Saving Cuppa

I’ve slowly been settling into my new life in Australia.  The scenery might be different from my foggy San Francisco home (our apartment here overlooks a tropical harbor in North Sydney!), but my morning routine is relatively the same.  With one notable exception: how I make my tea.  This might not seem like a big deal, but, if you’re a frequent tea or coffee drinker like me, constantly putting on another pot to boil uses quite a lot of gas and energy.  Here in Australia, stovetop teakettles are rare.  Instead, electric kettles are the way to go.

At first I was skeptical, but when we found our glass Breville teakettle I was hooked.  Water boils in less than two minutes and the glass keeps any unwanted chemicals from seeping into the liquid (as you might get with plastic or stainless steel kettles that are coated inside with a chemical liner).  As wattage is higher in Australia (220 compared to our 110), the electric kettle might take a minute or two longer to boil in the U.S. – though it’s still much faster and efficient than your conventional kettle.

Saving energy and getting your steamy cup of tea faster in the morning?  Sounds like a great way to start the day!

**To purchase your own glass electric kettle, check out the options at Williams-Sonoma or

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