To save energy while cooking, try to cook more than one thing at once in the oven. For example, when I'm cooking a casserole at 400 F, I also put in the oven a batch of muffins. The muffins just come out of the oven earlier.
It also saves energy to put that lid on your pot while the water is heating up to a boil--saves time too, as it will come to a boil sooner with the lid on.
You use extra energy if you use too large a pot to cook on stove top. Always choose the pot nearest the size of what your cooking. The larger the pot the more metal that needs to be heated. Also, you can often bring food to the boiling point, reduce to simmer, cover with a lid and let the trapped heat do the remaining cooking.
By Gladys Hill
Don't use the biggest burner if you're just cooking something in a small pot.
To save on your gas or electric, bring your water to a boil then add your pasta. Bring it back to a boil then shut off the burner and cover. It will finish cooking the pasta without the wasted energy in about twenty minutes. Don't uncover often or your heat will escape.
When heating water for a drink, we use either one or two mugs in the microwave or a gas stove top kettle instead of an electric kettle. Either way is a big saving on fuel.
If you are a coffee drinker, after your coffee machine is done brewing don't leave the coffee in the carafe to stay warm as this uses a lot of energy. Instead , put the coffee into a thermos. Result- the coffee stays hot and you do not have to use all of that extra electricity to keep it that way.
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