When it comes to being energy efficient, most of us don’t think about how preparing meals could actually costing us more than necessary. There are plenty of things you could be doing to waste energy so we have some tips on how to save money while cooking in the kitchen.
We all have our habits when it comes to preparing meals. We have certain “go-to” appliances to cook certain foods. But now is a good time to think about everything you cook and determine if the method you use is the most energy efficient. Now we’re not here to sacrifice your tasty meals. But if there’s a better way to cook without sacrificing quality then you should at least consider it.
Use the Right Cooking Method Every Time
It’s time to be smart about cooking. For example, if you are cooking a single piece of chicken, don’t use the oven. Consider using a stovetop skillet. If you have multiple appliances then use them for what they were designed for. For example, if you have a rice-cooker, why use any other method to prepare rice? Chances are, your smaller specific-use appliances are more efficient when it comes to their specific purposes.
Use the Correct Cookware
Modern electric stoves have different size elements. How many times have you placed a small pot on a large element? The only reason you may do so is because you must firmly believe that this will heat up the pot faster. But the fact of the matter is, placing a 6” pan on an 8” burner will waster over 40% of the heat produced by the burner. That is not smart cooking!
Also, don’t be too cheap when buying cookware. At the very least, invest in cookware with sturdy bottoms. Cheap pans that get warped on the bottom easily use as much as 50% more energy just to boil water. So toss out those cheap pans once and for all.
Interestingly enough, ceramic and glass are more energy efficient in the oven than metal. In fact, you can lower the oven 25 degrees if using ceramic or glass and your food will still be cooked in the same amount of time.
When it comes to your stove-top, copper-bottomed pans heat up faster than metal ones.
Maintenance Is Key
Take a look at the burners on your stove. Are they clean? If not, they are not as efficient as possible. Is your microwave clean? Microwaves work the best when there are no extraneous food particles inside.