The Green Minute: Cooking Your Food Without Wasting Energy
March 7, 2013

The Green Minute: Cooking Your Food Without Wasting Energy

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

For this week’s Green Minute, The Green Register is running a series of brief videos by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) tackling unique everyday energy efficient topics. Today’s Green Minute – Living Efficiently: Energy Efficient Cooking.

Cooking a meal can be one of the most energy intensive activities during a day, but it should also be enjoyable and cost efficient. Here are a few simple eco-friendly energy efficient cooking tips.

First things first – try to use energy efficient appliances. For example, according to ASE, gas stoves tend to be more efficient than electric. On a gas stove, look to see if your flame is running blue or yellow. If the flame is blue, the stove is running efficiently. If it is yellow, it is not. Here is a list of corrective actions to take if your appliance is running inefficiently.

If you are using an electric stove, ASE recommends a halogen or induction model. Remember, on electric burners 40% of energy is lost if you use a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner.

Oven tips? A lot of common sense. Only pre-heat when necessary. Don’t cover racks with foil, let the heat flow. Bake several items at once. Defrost before cooking. Use a microwave on small items.

You don’t need to waste energy to provide a great meal for the people you love. Just a few simple eco-friendly tips and you are on your way toward making  memorable meals in an energy efficient kitchen.

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