Editor’s Note: To view the 240+ different energy conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy Conservation.
Previously we wrote about the ideas we have collected to reduce non-renewable energy resources related to heating water in your home.
Today we review ideas and suggestions which cost nothing to do yet can help to reduce the amount of direct and indirect consumption of natural resources when cooking meals in the home.
Remember, everyone’s situation is different. As well, everyone’s priorities are different. Some want to live 100% without consuming any non-renewable energy resource regardless of the cost whereas others will only undertake any type of energy conservation if they get financial payback in less than one year. However, everyone should be at least interested to review ideas that will cost absolutely nothing to do yet will help reduce the amount of non-renewable natural resources used to cook meals in the home.
Here is the Un-Official Guide to Home Energy Conservation ‘s listing of cooking related energy conservation tips:
The first suggestion on the list is to cook with a full oven (#1). Sure, different food require different temperature settings in the oven. But, are they so different that they have to be cooked one after the other? Check out the packaging and you might find that more food can be cooked at the same time than you think.
Refrain from continually opening the oven door to see how the food inside is coming along. turn on the oven light and look through the oven door window when you need to check the food (#2). Sure, this will mean you will need to keep the oven door window clean.
Remember to keep the over heating coils clean as well as the stove burners (#3). By keeping them clean, they will work more efficiently and generate the heat you need with minimal energy consumed.
Depending on the meal, consider placing the uncooked food in the oven as soon as you turn it on to help use the heat in the oven to start cooking the meal, rather than waiting on the oven to reach the selected cooking temperature (#4).
If you are cooking a meal plus need to heat the desert, consider placing the desert in the oven as soon as you turn the over off from finishing cooking the meal (#5).
Remember one of our electricity tips was to do consecutive loads of laundry to use the heat in the dryer from one load to help dry the next? Well, same with cooking meals. Consider setting aside time to cook consecutive meals so you can use the heat in the oven or on the stove’s burners from one meal to help cook the next (#6). You could, for example, do this on the weekend when you can cook many of the dinners for the rest of the week (#7).
What about food preparation before you start cooking? Do you fully defrost frozen food before you cook it (#8)? If the cooking instructions will let you (not all do; e.g. frozen pizza usually has to be cooked from frozen), defrosting the food before you cook will result in less cooking time and energy needed.
Can you cut the uncooked food into small pieces before starting to cook? When you do that, you will find that the food takes less time to cook saving you energy (#9).
When you are using the stove, when do you actually turn it off? Do you wait until the food is fully cooked? Or, do you turn the burner off say 3 to 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time (#10) so you can use the heat from the burner + that within the pot or frying pan to finish cooking the meal?
Similar to the above, for those of you who have a propane or natural gas BBQ, when do you turn it off? By turning it off a few minutes before the hamburgers or hot dogs or lobster tails (yum! ) are cooked, you are saving energy (#11).
If you are using the stove to warm a can of soup, are you using a huge pot used to boil water to cook pasta? Use a small pot to heat up the soup to use less energy (#12).
Tomorrow, we look at some suggestions which will cost a little or more money to help reduce the amount of non-renewable resources you consume when cooking your meals at home.
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