Home cooking is a great way to make healthy meals for your family, but wasting energy through careless cooking habits is not so hot. By following a few simple practices, you can avoid overstuffing your energy bill.
- Cover pots and pans; foods will cook more efficiently and the kitchen will stay cooler in the summer.
- Match pots and pans to the size of the burner. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes 40 percent of the burner's heat.
- Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect heat better and cook more efficiently.
See Energy-Saving Tips for the Kitchen for more great ideas on how to cook hearty meals while trimming down your energy costs.