Use small appliances
Keep your kitchen cool and make meals that don’t require your oven. Use small appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens and pressure cookers to cook food. They use about 66% less energy than a conventional oven.
Use correct pan size
Choose the right pan for the job. Using a pan that is smaller than the burner can waste up to 40% of the energy produced by your stovetop. If you have an electric stove, be sure to use flat-bottomed pans, as a warped pan will not make full contact with the burner and will require more energy to heat.
Use your oven efficiently. Opening the oven door causes your oven's temperature to drop by about 25°F. Instead of opening the door, check on your food by using the inside light and looking through the oven's window.
Cook with lids
Keeping lids on pots and pans helps trap heat and reduce cooking time, allowing you to use up to five times less energy when cooking on the stove.
Making large batches of food at the same time is more energy efficient than making small meals, and the leftovers can be frozen to use as convenient meals later. Remember to let the food cool off before freezing it, as warm foods will make your freezer work harder and use more energy.
Thaw food in your fridge
Thaw foods in the fridge. Instead of using hot water or the microwave to defrost foods, have them thaw in the fridge overnight.
In summer, try to cook or bake in the early part of the day when it is the coolest and then reheat in the evening for dinner.
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