With the arrival of winter, regarding the electricity bill, we are beginning to panic a lot. Because apart from all our household appliances, which are already very energy intensive, heating will come to put the coup de grace. Suffice to say that we are all looking for alternatives to lower the bill and save some money. Also, if you look closely, surfing the net you will find a multitude of tricks. Do you often use the electric oven? Here are some clever ways to cook without running up the counter!
At what power should an oven be used?
When we cook, we often overlook two important aspects: the power of the oven and the amount of electricity it consumes. It is true that this consumption generally depends on the frequency of use of the device and on your way of cooking. It can also vary depending on the model of oven you have and the cooking temperatures you use. It’s still good to keep some ballpark figures in mind: ovens generally show power ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 watts. But it depends a lot on the functions we use to cook and the type of oven. For example, a classic electric oven has an average power of 1500 watts (W), adequate power for basic preparations. Thus, if you use the oven for 1 hour to make a cake at this power, you will use a variable consumption between 0.7 and 1.5 kW/h.
NB : keep in mind that according to the ADEME (Ecological Transition Agency), the average annual consumption of the electric oven would be around 300 kWh per household (ie 52.20 euros).
What are the ingenious cooking methods to reduce energy impact?
Finally, the most important thing is to learn to cook intelligently and change certain bad habits to try to reduce electricity consumption. Because yes, depending on how you cook and how you prepare your meals, you can not only save time, but also energy!
We invite you to discover some ingenious tricks and methods to use the oven and the stove without increasing the electricity bill. What to invent delicious recipes without feeling guilty!
1) Choose the right team
It all depends on what you want to cook, but generally small appliances are the best option and use less energy. For example, to heat up your toast, choose the toaster instead of the oven. In the same way, to reheat a cold dish, bet on the microwave, which is much faster and consumes less electricity.
2) Reduce total cooking time
Logically, the less time you spend cooking, the less energy you will consume. As a bonus, it will improve air circulation. Adopt energy-efficient cooking methods, particularly by reducing the cooking time of food, planning your meals in advance, and relying on recipes that are quick to prepare. Also remember to wait until the last minute to preheat the oven to avoid wasting energy. Finally, avoid continually opening the oven door to check cooking: this is a loss of heat. Every time you open the door, you let some heat escape and the oven is forced to use more energy to heat the interior to the correct temperature.
NB: try to thaw all frozen foods in the refrigerator rather than in the microwave or oven before cooking.
3) Invest in high-quality utensils
Glass or ceramic dishes and pans are best suited for the oven. Copper pans are more suitable for the stove.
4) Cooking Tips
- Try to cover your pans, where possible, to prevent heat loss.
- Use less fat and liquid for faster cooking times.
- Turn off the oven a bit early and allow the residual heat to finish cooking the dish.
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