Video: 7 energy efficient cooking tips

Simple ways to cook up energy savings in the kitchen

You can save energy by changing the thermostat setting and electronics, but have you considered saving energy in the kitchen? The U.S. Department of Energy estimates cooking accounts for 4.5% of total home energy use. As the season turns cold, here are some easy ways to cook up energy savings in the kitchen:

  • Use the correct sized pots and pans. If your pan is 6 inches in diameter and you're cooking on an 8 inch burner, over 40% of your heat will be wasted. As a rule of thumb, don't let the bottom of the cookware extend more than 1 inch beyond the outer ring of the heating element.
  • Use cookware with a flat bottom. Cookware with a warped or dented bottom can take 50% more energy to heat up.
  • Keep your burner pans clean. Blackened and dirty burner pans absorb more heat, reducing the energy efficiency of your stove.
  • Peek through the oven window. While it’s tempting, opening the oven door to check on your food wastes energy by letting out the heat and increases cooking time.
  • Clean the oven after cooking. If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it on immediately after baking. With your oven already heated, you’ll use less energy to heat the oven to the cleaning temperature.
  • Keep a lid on your pots and pans. This helps keep the heat in, allowing you to use less energy to cook your meal. 
  • Try cooking one-pot meals. This not only saves energy, but it helps make weeknight cooking easier with less to clean up.

Source: energy.gov