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Using energy-efficient cooking appliances and changing the way you prepare food can make a real difference to the amount of energy you use. You might like to follow our tips on avoiding food waste and reduce spending on unneeded grocery items as well.
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If you're buying a new oven, look for energy-efficient fan-forced models. Ovens with triple glazing and a high standard of insulation will use heat more efficiently. Here are our tips for improving how you use your oven:
- If possible, use an electric fry pan, pressure cooker or microwave oven as an alternative to traditional electric ovens—they use a lot less energy. Cooking with gas is far more efficient.
- Check the oven door seals with a piece of paper. If the paper slips out from between the seal and the door, you could be losing a lot of heat. Replace the seals to prevent wasted energy and money.
- Don't pre-heat ovens unnecessarily.
- If possible, cook several things at once in the oven.
- Don't open the oven door unnecessarily while cooking. Keep oven windows clean so you can look through to check progress.
- Consider cooking in bulk and freezing.
- Reheat food in the microwave to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save time.
Tips for improving how you use your microwave oven:
- Thaw frozen food in the fridge instead of defrosting it in the microwave.
- Turn the microwave off at the wall when you're not using it as the display panel is drawing power all the time.
Choosing a new gas cooktop will save you energy and many cooks say it produces better results in the kitchen. Then try our tips for improving how you cook on the stovetop:
- On an electric stovetop, use pots and pans with flat bases that are the same size as the elements.
- On a gas stovetop, keep the flame directly under the pot or pan and don't let it run up the sides.
- Keep the lid on when possible to reduce heat loss.
- Simmer instead of boiling vigorously to save energy.
- Consider using a pressure cooker to save energy and cook faster.
Other tips for cooking efficiently:
- Don't boil more water than is needed—on the stove or in the kettle.
- Use a toaster instead of the grill to toast bread—this saves around three-quarters of the energy.
- Cook outside on hot days to avoid overheating the house and increasing your demands for air conditioning.