Baking & Cooking
Try these suggestions to make your time in the kitchen less energy intensive:
- Oven Tips: Don’t waste heat and energy by preheating the oven when you’ll be cooking a dish for more than an hour. You can also make sure your oven is operating efficiently by keeping it clean and well maintained.
- Microwave Small Dishes: Whenever you choose to cook using a microwave, you're choosing to save money. Efficient microwave ovens use around 50-65% less energy than conventional ovens. They also have the added benefit of not heating up your kitchen, so they save money on air conditioning in the hot times of the year. To avoid using standby power, consider unplugging it when you are not using it. Learn more about the microwave here.
- Match Burner to Size of Cookware: Using the correct size pot and burner will reduce heat loss and make the energy spent on cooking efficient. A 6" pot on an 8" burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat.
To learn more visit American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Consumer Cooking webpage for additional tips.