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In the Kitchen

Energy Efficiency Tips for Using Your Stove and Oven

Kitchen costs go beyond your grocery bill. Depending on how much you cook and the type of food you eat, a large percentage of your energy bill could be used by your stove and oven. To cut back on the cost of cooking, consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances.

Also, make use of the following energy efficiency tips.

On your stove 

  • Choose a burner size that matches your pot
  • Use flat-bottomed pans for greater contact with your burner
  • Use lids to conserve heat and decrease cooking time
  • Turn your burner down once liquids boil
  • Use your oven instead of your range – an insulated oven uses less energy

In your oven

  • Defrost your food before baking to cut energy use by a third 
  • Don't pre-heat your oven for dishes that take over an hour to cook 
  • Use the window and a cooking timer instead of opening your oven door – you let 20 per cent of the heat escape each time you break the seal 
  • Use a cookie sheet to catch drips and spills rather than line your oven with aluminum foil which can reduce hot air flow, lower the inside temperature or block a vent 
  • Make sure the seals and hinges on your oven fit tightly and don't leak heat

Nothing compares to cooking with natural gas

Professional chefs all cook on natural gas. Here’s why:

  • Precise temperature control
  • Instant response times 
  • Even heat

Other benefits of a natural gas stove 

  • Automatic pilotless ignition provides fuel savings
  • Push to turn knobs – parental locks 
  • In a power outage, most gas stoves can be lit with a match 
  • Stylish and inexpensive to use