No matter what oven and hob you have in your home, there are a whole host of things that you can do to save energy and cook more efficiently with the appliance that you have!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE HOB. Don’t use a large hob for a small pan. This means you’ll heat the sides and the air around it when most of the water that needs heating is in the centre. A small pan on an over-sized hob can waste as much as half of the energy produced.
USE A SLOWCOOKER. Using such an appliance to cook foods requiring a long cooking time can save a lot of energy.
PRESSURE COOKERS reduce energy use by 50-75% because cooking times are reduced.
WHEN BAKING, use glass and ceramic pans and you can lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees celcius.
WITH ELECTRIC STOVE PLATES, you can turn the heat off toward the end of the cooking time, since they’ll radiate heat for a while still as they cool.
WITH GAS HOBS, a well-shaped blue flame indicates efficient burning. A yellow flame means the burner is operating inefficiently. Cleaning and servicing will save you money in the long run.
KEEP LIDS ON as you cook. Look for pans/pots with glass lids so you can keep an eye on the food without losing valuable cooking heat by opening the lid.
WHEN BOILING FOODS, keep the amount of water used to a minimum. Using excess water that must also be heated wastes the energy required to raise its temperature.
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