Four tips to improve cooking efficiency

Just about everyone cooks, and cooking takes energy.  Here are four tips to help you use less energy and save money:

1.    A slow boil is just as hot as a fast boil, but uses less energy – so get in the habit of setting your food to boil gently.  Use lids on your pots to keep the heat in.

2.    Use flat, smooth-bottomed pots, and match them to the size of the element.  A lot of energy is wasted when small pots are used on large elements.

3.    Use your oven as a last resort because it consumes A LOT of power; stovetop cooking, microwaves, toaster ovens and pressure cookers use far less.

4.    When oven use is unavoidable, skip the preheating.  Make sure the seals around the door are in good shape to keep the heat in.

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Four ways to lower the environmental impact of that morning shower

Consider this: every 10-minute shower you take under a conventional showerhead adds about 65 cents* to your monthly power bill.  That’s about $20 per month if you shower daily.

Each shower also results in emissions from generating that power: in New Brunswick, over three kilograms of carbon dioxide; in Nova Scotia (where most power comes from coal), over five kilograms.  Ouch!  (You can check out carbon dioxide emissions per KWH of electricity in your province here or in your state here {fourth page}).

Here are four quick ways you can reduce those costs and emissions:

1. install a low flow shower head, a simple installation that will pay for itself in about a month

2. consider taking shorter showers

3. consider lowering the temperature of your shower a little

4. consider showering every second day instead of daily

*6.6 KWH @ 10 cents/KWH