4 Tips For Cooking and Saving Cash

With all the cooking you do with your stove, and all the heat your oven puts out, you can imagine how much energy in the form of electricity or gas you use each time you cook.

Well how would you like to save on your energy costs, just by being smarter when you’re cooking?

Here are 4 Tips that show you how:

Tip 1) Preheat your oven and use it right away.

Leaving your oven on preheat when you go off and do something else wastes a lot of energy. And is a potential fire threat from leaving an oven unattended.

Tip 2) Pots and pans size matters.

Use pots and pans with flat bottoms that fit the burners. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes more than 40 percent of that burner’s heat. Using the right-sized pot can save up to $36 annually for an electric range and $18 for a gas range, according to a study. (And even more if you have a large family and cook a lot.)

Tip 3) Minimize opening and closing the oven door.

Don’t open the oven door during cooking. Each time you do, you can lose about 25 degrees of heat. (So using the oven window instead to take a look is a good idea.)

Tip 4) Turn the oven off a few minutes before the food is done cooking.

The temperature inside the oven will not instantly drop to match the room temperature just by pressing a button or turning a knob.

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