There are a few ways to be more energy-efficient while in the kitchen, so with that being said, here are a couple of energy-saving tips:
Always Prepare Before Cooking
Before turning anything on and cooking, chop up all of your vegetables in advance and have it all ready to go.
Utilize Proper Cookware
Utilize proper cooking tools for the amount of food you are cooking. A slow cooker or pressure cooker might be better than using your oven and more efficient too.
A warped-bottom pot could take 50% more energy to boil water than a flat-bottomed pan.
Experts recommend copper-bottomed pans because they heat up faster than regular pans.
Always Defrost Your Food
Defrost food in the refrigerator before cooking.
Always Put a Lid On It
Keep the lids on your pans while cooking. This allows you to set a lower temperature on your stove while cooking and helps decrease the energy use of your stove by 66%.
Utilize Self-Cleaning Options
Start your oven’s self-cleaning function after baking so that you don’t have to heat up a cold oven.
According to the Department of Energy, self-cleaning ovens are more energy efficient because they have better insulation.
Use Precise Preheating
With a conventional oven, only preheat for the designated time.
Try Your Best Not To Peek
Your oven’s temperature drops around 25 degrees every time you open the door while cooking. Save energy on oven heating and air-conditioning by not peeking.