Cooking tips

Whether you’re a confident cook or a classic beans on toast kind of person, you might be surprised to learn how much energy you actually use while cooking. The Australian Government YourHome states that kitchen appliances such as ovens or microwaves make up around 15% of a household’s energy use.

Here are some tips to keep your costs and power use down while you whip up your next meal:

1. Check the oven seals

Oven seals can wear down over time so it can be a good idea to regularly check if they are working and organise a replacement if necessary. Working oven seals will stop the heat from escaping and help you cook at the desired temperature for less time, reducing electricity costs.

2. Clean your range hood or exhaust fan

Grease and oil from cooking can begin to coat your range hood or exhaust fan with each use and if not cleaned regularly, can lead to your unit needing to work extra hard and utilise more power.

3. Resist the temptation to check your food cooking

Stop! Before you go checking on your delicious lasagna cooking away in the oven, remember that every time you open the door you let heat escape so the temperature lowers.

4. Where possible use the microwave

Microwaves aren’t just convenient, they also use a lot less energy than starting up the oven. Energy Star states that cooking with a microwave vs oven can use from 30% to as much as 80% less energy.