Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays — Part 3
Cooking up a storm or storing leftovers from holiday gatherings? Consider the following tips to reduce your energy use in the kitchen this season:
- Your refrigerator loses its cool every time you open the door. To save energy, try gathering all your ingredients in one trip.
- Defrost your food in the refrigerator to cut down on time and energy spent cooking. It also helps keep your fridge cooler!
- Waking up early to roast that ham or turkey? Since it takes several hours to cook, skip preheating and help your oven save energy where it can.
- When your dish is close to finished, turn your oven off and let the remaining heat complete the cooking process.
- Keep the oven door closed tightly! Use the oven light instead to check on food instead of opening the door. Opening the door can let heat (and money!) escape.
- If you’re cooking side dishes or only entertaining a small crowd, consider using your microwave instead of an oven. Microwaves use up to 50% less energy than conventional ovens.
- When you need to use the stove top, make sure the size of your pot or pan matches the size of the burner. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste more than 40% of the energy.
- When you’re finished cooking, leave the oven door cracked to release heat into the house to make use of the energy you’ve already used.
- After all the holiday cooking, your oven is bound to be dirty. If you self-clean the oven right after cooking, you can use existing heat to save energy.