Cooking

  • When cooking on an electric range, use pots and pans that are properly sized to “fit” the burners. Using a small pan on a large burner wastes energy and can be a safety hazard. Always cook with lids on your pans, as this keeps the heat inside and speeds up cooking time.

  • A microwave oven is an energy efficient alternative to a conventional oven. It cooks food more quickly and uses 70-80% less electricity than a conventional oven.

  • Use a toaster oven, electric skillet, popcorn popper or slow cooker for specialized jobs, rather than the electric range top, since these small appliances use less energy.

  • Use cold water when operating your food/waste disposal. Cold water saves energy and solidifies grease so that it will move through the drainpipes easier.

  • If you have three dishes to be cooked in the oven at slightly different temperatures (325°, 350° and 375°, for example), pick the average temperature (350° in this example) to cook all three dishes at the same time.

  • Try to avoid peeking at the food you are baking in the oven. Each time you open the door, the oven temperature is lowered 25 degrees.