Use these energy-efficient ideas to whip up meals in the kitchen
Most people are in their kitchen multiple times a day, so taking even small steps toward energy efficiency can add up to big gains. Here are some ideas for energy-efficient cooking.
Energy-saving cooking tips
- Put lids on pots and pans to prevent heat loss.
- Match the pot to the size of the burner to prevent heat from escaping around the sides.
- Use a microwave oven or range top because they use less energy than a conventional oven.
- Use the lowest-possible heat setting to cook foods on top of the range.
- Keep the refrigerator full, but not overcrowded. Empty or nearly empty refrigerators do not operate efficiently.
- Buy ENERGY STAR® kitchen appliances when it's time to replace them.
- Grill outdoors when its possible to prevent heat gain.
Energy-saving baking tips
- Set the oven to the exact temperature you intend to use. The oven won't heat up any faster at a higher setting.
- Fill the oven with as many items as can be cooked at one time. Bake double or triple batches of recipes at one time to save energy.
- Don't preheat the oven unless the recipe calls for it specifically. There's no need to preheat long-cooking foods.
- Turn off the oven 15 minutes prior to completion.
- Open the oven door infrequently. Every time you open it, the temperature drops about 25-30 degrees and more energy is used to generate the desired level of heat.
- Use glass baking dishes in the oven when possible. Glass retains heat better than other materials, so it helps food cook faster, and you usually can reduce oven temperature by about 25 degrees.
- Do your baking during off-peak hours if you are on an SRP Time of Day Price Plan . Christmas, New Year's Day and some other holidays are off-peak periods. Check the schedule to be sure.
- Never use an oven as a source of home heating, it's a major safety hazard.
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