Breakfast, lunch and dinner all take their toll on our energy bills. Here we’ve got eight easy ways to use less energy while you cook.
If you’re looking to trim your energy bill then you have to look at things you do over and over. This is where you can find small savings that add up to large savings over time. Cooking is a great example. We’ve found eight easy ways you can adjust your cooking techniques to make them more efficient and to lighten your energy bill.
Stick it in the microwave
A microwave can cook food up to three times faster than a standard oven, and it does so using up to 70% less electricity.
If you like to cook things with steam, use the least amount of water required, this will save on water and on energy.
Put a lid on it
Whenever possible, cook food with a lid on, this raises the internal temperature and will cook foods quicker.
If you’re defrosting something, make sure it’s completely thawed before cooking.
Try to only boil as much water as you need in a kettle, this will save energy. And if you heat water on the stove, consider and electric kettle, which will also consumes less energy.
Avoid the pre-heat
Heating an oven with nothing in it is the definition of wastage, only pre-heat oven if absolutely necessary.
Pressure cookers require half the energy that standard ovens use, so consider this an option.
Shut that door
Avoid opening the oven door when cooking. Each time you open the door you can reduce the temperature by up to 20 degrees. This also means it takes longer for you to eat.
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So there you have some simple ways to make your cooking more efficient and oftentimes easier. If we’ve missed anything off this list, or if you have any handy tips, feel free to let us know on the comment box below. And remember to keep reading through our guides to saving energy throughout your home.