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Avoiding Energy Waste with Ovens

It takes a lot of energy to heat up an oven, so anything you do to either reduce or optimize your use of this appliance can help you live a greener lifestyle. These measures are tried-and-true ways to do just that:

  • Use small appliances instead of the oven. Both electric and gas ovens draw a huge amount of power, although gas is more efficient. Toaster ovens, stove tops, slow cookers, countertop roasters, and even broilers heat your food much more efficiently.

    Going smaller means less energy, which means more green for you and the planet.
    Going smaller means less energy, which means more green for you and the planet.
  • Preheat your electric oven for the minimum amount of time. Schedule your prep work so that the oven’s not waiting at full temperature long before you’re ready for it. Also resist the urge to open the door and peek while your food’s cooking; the temperature drops between 25 and 75 degrees every time you open the oven door.

  • Self-clean the oven right after you cook something to take advantage of the heat that’s already built up. The self-cleaning feature heats up the oven to a very high temperature to burn off food residue. Keep in mind that although the self-cleaning feature consumes energy, it helps you avoid using the harsh chemicals in many oven cleaners.

  • Make sure that your pans fit the burners on the stovetop. Using a small pan on a large burner wastes the heat generated by the extra burner area.

  • Boil only as much water as you need in the kettle rather than filling it up each time.

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