To insulate or where to insulate, which is the question? Side-by-side testing to assess the benefits

By Dr Nigel Monk, Dr Richard Blanchard and Dr John Barton (CREST, Loughborough University).

Reducing the costs of cooking is one of the enablers to improve access to MECS which can be tackled in a number of complementary ways such as reducing appliance purchase price or improving efficiency in use. Electric pressure cookers (EPCs) already compare favourably against conventional stoves – and very favourably against biomass cooking – in terms of energy consumption, but commercial product specifications always include trade-offs.