Cooking Savings Tips
No-to-Low Cost Improvements
Improvements that Require Investments
- When possible, use the microwave oven instead of a conventional oven for heating food. Maximize the use of your microwave oven - they are the most efficient, fastest and lowest cost to operate.
- A toaster oven imitates oven cooking and is more energy efficient over a conventional oven, while using about half the energy.
- On a gas stove, look for blue flames at the burner. Yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and needs adjustment. If you see yellow flames, consult the manufacturer, or call your place of purchase for a list of qualified technicians to make the adjustment.
- Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the hot air around your food as it cooks. The motion of the air increases the rate at which heat is transferred to cook the food. As a result, convection ovens cook more quickly and at lower temperatures to achieve the same result as conventional ovens.
- Consider purchasing an energy-efficient toaster oven with a built-in convection fan.
- Induction cooking uses an electromagnetic field that causes a metallic pot containing iron to heat up faster than convention gas and electric stoves. One item to note: Copper or stainless steel cookware will not work on an induction cooktop.
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