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Appliances - Oven & Range


  • Don’t line oven racks with foil. It blocks heat flow and makes the oven work harder to cook food.
  • If you cook on an electric range top, bring foods to boil on high; then turn to a low setting to continue cooking.
  • Put a lid on a pot to boil water. The water boils faster and you'll use less energy.
  • Pre-heat the oven only when necessary.
  • Bake more than one item at a time so you can use one and freeze the other.
  • Expand your family’s menus to include stews and other single-dish meals that can be prepared in a slow cooker. These meals require far less energy than those calling for the use of the oven plus two or three surface units.
  • When baking, limit the number of times you open the oven door.
  • Don’t use your oven to heat the kitchen.  It not only wastes energy, it's dangerous.
  • When cooking vegetables, a small amount of water in a covered pan is more effective than a large amount.
  • If you have an electric oven that’s a self-cleaning oven, use this feature after baking or broiling to utilize the existing heat in the oven, rather than cleaning it from a cold start.
  • Allow frozen meats to thaw completely before cooking. A frozen roast placed directly into the oven without thawing will require one-third more cooking time.
  • Use flat-bottomed cookware that fits on the appropriate stove burner.
  • Invest in a pressure cooker. It cuts cooking time and energy use by a third.
  • Heat water in a tea kettle instead of an open pan.