Cooking Overview 
 
For Electric Customers

Many factors play a role in wasting and saving energy in the kitchen. Making slight alterations in the way you cook as well as using ENERGY STAR® qualifying cooking appliances can reduce the amount of energy you use and help you lower your energy bills. For example, consider using your microwave oven to cook as much as possible since it can often perform the same task in a fraction of the time.

Make sure you are ready to use your oven as soon as it has reached the desired temperature; an empty preheated oven is unnecessarily wasting energy. Using an oven in the summertime not only adds heat to the home, but makes your air conditioner work harder trying to remove the heat from the oven. A smarter choice may be using a toaster oven which is the same as cooking in a regular size oven, but will save you energy and put out less heat.

If you are considering a purchase of a new stove, don’t forget to learn about an induction cooktop and the convection oven. An induction cooktop is faster than natural gas and traditional coils on an electric stove. The induction cooktop uses the iron in your pots and pans to create an electric field and can heat boiling water more quickly than natural gas and traditional electric stoves. The convection oven not only allows a lower cooking temperature, a fan circulating hot air inside the oven cooks food more quickly, reducing the amount of energy being used.

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