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Saving Electricity in the Kitchen

by Sasha Wyatt-Minter


The second of our electricity-saving tips focuses on the kitchen - and saving electricity while you cook.....

The kitchen will always be the spot in your house that devours considerable amounts of energy. There are ways to economise, however.

Switch to gas and save electricity in the kitchen

Many new houses and renovated kitchens now feature gas stoves. Good restaurants swear by gas - both for instant, even heat and for emergency power cuts.

If you still want an electric oven, you can buy a stove with four gas plates and electrcity below, or even one with two electric and two gas plates, so you've got the option to choose between gas and electrcity when you cook.

Convection ovens use less electricity

If it is time to invest in a new electric stove, go for one with a convection oven. They are more pricey, but worth it because they save on electricity and time.

Plan meals that can be cooked together in the oven

If you can, plan so the whole meal can be cooked at the same time in the oven. Just remember to be sure that all the food can be cooked at the same temperature.

Clever use of pots and pans can save electricity

Do not let any of the pans touch each other, or the sides of the oven. This allows free circulation of the heat.

Use pots and pans that completely cover the plates so no unused electricity escapes. Make sure the lids fit snugly.

Save electricity by using your oven wisely

Every time you open your oven door you lose electricity. See to it that you have a clear viewing window and strong interior light,so you can see what's going on. Don't be tempted to use the griller for toast. Very uneconomical.

Stove plate tips and one pot wonders to save electricity

Canny cooks always have a pressure cooker for stews and pot roasts etc. A wonderful power-saving device.

Keep the reflectors under your plates (if you have them) clean, and use the heat-sensing control switch which acts as a thermostat on your plates and does not affect the cooking time but cuts down on electricity.

Boil foods on high quickly, and when boiling rapidly reduce the heat to simmer until food is cooked.

Save electrcity by only boiling the amount of water you need

When you boil the kettle for a cup of tea, don't fill it to the top if it's only for one cup. Not only does an emptier kettle boil faster, it uses less electricty to boil the water.