Some methods of cooking are much more energy efficient than others. Here are some ways you can save time, energy and money when cooking..
- Microwaves are generally energy-efficient; ovens less so. Consider cooking several items together in the oven, or batch cooking – refrigerating or freezing portions to to eat later. Keeping the oven door closed as much as possible reduces cooking time.
- If you do batch cook, don’t put hot food into the fridge or freezer – let it cool down first.
- Get to know how the oven in your accommodation works – learn how long it takes to pre-heat. Turning off an electric oven 5-10 minutes before the end of the cooking time will cut energy use but still keep your food cooking.
- When using the the hob, keep the lids on saucepans to reduce cooking time and energy. Use the right-sized pan to fit the hob ring – do not use a small pan on a large hob. Keep the hob clean to keep the hob working efficiently.
- Press the pause button and freeze food you don’t have time to eat. You can freeze more than you think – find out more at the Love Food Hate Waste website.
- For more energy-saving tips, see Uswitch.
- To find out how much these good habits might save you in cash, there is a handy blog on npower’s website.