Cooking Methods

  •  Use flat bottom pans with light covers as this minimizes heat transfer losses.
  • Use lids on your pots and pans and turn the heat control low when they boil so it’s just enough to maintain the temperature.
  • When using your high wattage cooking appliances such as microwaves and toasters, try not to leave them on more than needed. In some cases, a deep fryer can draw more consumption than air-conditioners and a toaster could consume more power than an automatic washing machine.
  • Defrost your frozen food thoroughly before cooking.
  • Try turning off your electric burners before the allotted cooking time just to maintain the needed heat for the remaining time.
  • Your pan should match the size of the stove’s surface top. This will cause more heat to get into the pan and less to the surrounding air.
  • Try to plan your oven meals to accommodate more than one dish, at the same time try to minimize opening the oven as heat is wasted this way. Meals that require different cooking temperatures can often be cooked simultaneously at one temperature; a variation of 25 degrees can still produce good results and save energy.
  • When cooking smaller meals, try to use toasters or other similar small appliances as these use less heat than your electric oven or stove.