Simple tips for efficiency in cooking stoves

January 3, 2017

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen stove, here are three simple guidelines to help you choose efficiency:

  • Stoves with self-cleaning ovens are better insulated so they use less energy. They may cost a little more but will save you money in the long run.
  • Convection ovens cook more quickly (because a fan moves heat around inside) so they use less energy.
  • Opening the oven door to check on progress allows 20% of the heat to escape, so choose a model with an oven window.

Here are three simple tips for operating any oven more efficiently:

  • Preheating an oven uses extra energy and is usually not necessary for good results – so don’t preheat unless a recipe specifically calls for it (like bread and pastries)
  • Turn off the elements a few minutes before cooking time is elapsed; cooking will continue thanks to the heat in the oven, the pot and the food itself.
  • Make sure oven door seals are tight; they should hold a slip of paper snugly. Clean or replace as necessary.

Read more tips here (California) or here (Canada; scroll or click to page 21). Happy – and efficient – cooking in 2017!

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