Use a microwave or toaster oven to cook or warm leftovers. You can save up to 30 per cent of the energy required to cook in a conventional oven.
Use an electric kettle to boil water – not the stove, which is less efficient.
Open the oven only when absolutely necessary. 20 per cent of the heat is lost from the oven each time the door is opened.
Want to shorten your cooking time? Save time and energy by using tight-fitting lids for pots and pans.
Turn off the burner or oven when your food is almost cooked and let the existing heat finish the cooking for you.
Don’t use a bigger pot than you need. Match your pot to the size of your burner. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.
Keep oven and stove elements and reflectors clean.
Ensure the oven door seals tightly.
Avoid preheating. Unless you are baking, preheating is not necessary.
Time for a new stove? Make sure to check the EnerGuide rating and choose a model that is among the most energy efficient on the market.
Self-cleaning ovens are generally better insulated than regular ovens, which mean they require less energy to cook your food.
Install a convection oven. Convection ovens contain fans that keep heat moving throughout the cooking space. Not only do these ovens cook more evenly, but they also cook faster. That way you use less energy and have more time to enjoy the results.
Shop for new pots and pans. Copper-bottomed pots and pans use heat more efficiently.
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