10 Ways To Save Energy When Cooking

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen December 3, 2013 0
Avoid checking your oven frequently to see if your meal is done. This results in heat loss and inefficient use of energy.
Avoid checking your oven frequently to see if your meal is done. This results in heat loss and inefficient use of energy.

Cooking can be one of the most energy intensive tasks that you perform in your home. If you're looking to limit your carbon footprint and lower your utility bills, one of the areas where you can easily cut back is in the kitchen. If you're not sure how to achieve this, we've assembled a list of 10 ways to save energy when you're making your next meal:

  • Cook twice as much food as you need, and reheat it later, instead of cooking from scratch each time you make something.
  • Cover your pans while cooking to reduce heat loss.
  • Defrost meat in the refrigerator or in the open air, rather than on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Don't open your oven frequently to check how food is doing.
  • If you have a gas stove, make sure the flame on the burner is blue. Yellow flames indicate blockage and that it should be checked by your maintenance or warranty company.
  • Keep your burner pans clean, as this maximizes the amount of heat that is reflected back up to the pan.
  • Purchase flat-bottomed cookware. The more the pan touches your stove burners (or coils, if you have an electric stove), the less energy you lose to the air.
  • Turn the oven off a few minutes before your food is done baking. Ovens retain heat for quite some time, so whatever you're making will continue to cook even after the flame goes out.
  • Use a pressure cooker, which reduces cook time significantly.
  • When reheating food, it's best to use either a microwave oven, toaster oven or stovetop rather than putting it back in the conventional oven, which uses more energy.

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