In order to save energy in your house, you should of course equip yourself with suitable appliances, but also adopt sustainable consumption habits. The kitchen is one of those places where you consume the most energy, due to its various energy-intensive appliances. But we are also to blame – when cooking, we contribute to many small energy losses that could very well be avoided. Here are some tips to save energy when cooking:
Avoid heat loss
Heating appliances consume a lot of energy; we must therefore optimize our actions in the kitchen to avoid producing even more heat than necessary.
- Don’t let your curiosity tempt you: opening the oven door during the cooking process can cause the temperature to drop as much as 20%, which can create a waste of energy as the oven has to heat up again to reach the right temperature.
- Cover your pots and pans: unless the recipe requires the contrary, make it a habit to always cover your pots and pans when cooking. This helps to maintain a high temperature without losing unnecessary heat, and also cooks food faster (and therefore uses less energy).
- Use a suitable size heating element: using a small pan on a large element will not speed up cooking, but above all, it represents an important loss in energy. The opposite is also true: using a too small element will increase cooking time and will therefore require more energy than a heating element of appropriate size.
Plan quantities and time accordingly
Planning rimes with savings –this is true when running errands, but it is equally true for energy savings in your kitchen!
- Boil the right amount of water: you don’t need to boil a pot of water filled to the brim for items such as pasta, rice or potatoes. The larger the quantity of water, the more energy is required to reach the boiling point, so be sure to only use the quantity you need for cooking.
- Run the dishwasher when it is full: contrary to what you might think, it is cheaper in energy to use the dishwasher than doing the dishes by hand. But to maximize energy savings, the dishwasher must be filled to capacity, even if this requires a little more organization.
- Thaw your frozen food in the refrigerator: If you plan to cook frozen food, plan ahead of time by putting froze food in the refrigerator. This allows using less energy to thaw them later, all while creating additional cold in the refrigerator, thus saving energy here too.
Equip yourself with suitable accessories
In addition to big appliances, some accessories representing a small investment can make a difference in energy consumption in your kitchen:
- Give preference to ceramic or glass dishes when baking in the oven: these materials conduct and retain heat extremely well. So much in fact, that it’s possible to reduce the oven temperature almost 20° C, compared to using a metal baking dish for the same amount of time.
- Carefully choose your pots and pans: choose flat bottom pots and pans, as they ensure better internal heat circulation from the stove, ultimately saving you energy.
- Invest in plastic containers and film: food creates moisture in the refrigerator, forcing your appliance to spend more energy. So remember to cover your food with plastic wrap, or place them in a plastic container such as Tupperware.
Everyone can save energy when cooking!
Without necessarily changing your appliances, adopting these cooking habits should lighten your bill by a few dollars per month. Do you have other cooking energy saving tips that you would like to share with us? Don’t hesitate to share your experience and feedback in the comments section!