Cooking & Kitchen

  • For more efficient stove use, plan your meals so that several foods cook at the same time in the oven.
  • If you cook with electricity, turn the stove-top burners off several minutes before the recommended cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more electricity. The same principle applies to oven cooking.
  • Induction heat ranges use electromagnetic energy to create direct heat in your pot without heating the cook-top surface, and it's nearly 90% efficient.
  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better and you will save energy.
  • Match each pot or pan to the appropriately sized heating element on your stove. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch element, for example, wastes 40% of the element's output.
  • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it's faster and it uses less energy.
  • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it's convenient - they can save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven - a toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  • Use your microwave to cook as often as possible; it's more efficient than stove cooking.