Save Energy — Oven

There is not anything more satisfying than a good home cooked meal. The ability to cook is a major function in a home. This uses energy. Make sure you eat a good meal before opening the utility bill.

Your Home Energy Living Plan

  • Plan meals to use minimum amount of heating.
  • Use burner that best fits the pot or pan.
  • Prepare single pot dishes.
  • Do not needlessly open door on oven.
  • Use appliances like microwave oven or pressure cooker.
  • Do not use the self cleaning mode unless your really messy.
  • Consider appliances designed to use less energy like convection ovens.
Impact of Your Energy Saving Actions

Your cooking habits will be the major influence for energy used by ranges and ovens. Maybe its time to consider more raw foods in your diet.

How Energy is Lost

Stoves use energy. This energy is either gas or electricity. Besides heating/cooling it has the largest size heating elements. However the actual consumption can vary based on your cooking habits. Ovens energize their elements to maintain the temperature setting.

Oven, Range Characteristics

A kitchen stove is an appliance for cooking. The term stove is used for a variety of cooking devices. Stoves can use electricity, natural gas, propane, or burn wood. A type of stove is the range. A range has burners or heating elements on top and at least one oven. An oven is an enclosure for cooking. Cooktops, range tops, stovetops are just the burners or elements, no oven. The variations are to account for different preferences and designs of kitchens. Whether separate or combined the energy use is similar.

Convection ovens have fans to circulate the hot air. This allows even cooking and can reduce the cooking time. Convection ovens will use less energy than conventional ovens.

Microwave ovens use electromagnetic radiation at 2450 megahertz to vibrate the molecules of the items in the oven. This motion creates friction and heats the items. Microwave ovens can cook food much quicker than conventional ovens.

Pressure cookers can use less energy also. A pressure cooker holds in steam to pressurize the vessel. It will be at a higher temperature than open cooking. This can dramatically reduce the cooking time.

Slow cookers (crock pots) may seam to use less energy due to their much smaller heating element. However, they are on for a long period of time. If the slow cooker prevents the use of several open pots and the oven, then energy may be saved. Do not consider slow cookers as saving energy.

Outdoor cooking is becoming popular. While generally the same energy is used, during the summer it does not add a load to your air conditioner.

Energy Solutions Explained

As with most all appliances, you can save energy by using it less often. Plan meals that do not require long use of range.

The burners vary in size. Use the burner that best matches the size of pan or pot. Some of the heat from a burner just goes into the air if it is bigger than the pan.

Heating one pot, using one burner, uses less energy than multiple pots. Prepare dishes in one pan or pot if possible.

The oven turns on and off to maintain the set temperature. When you open the oven door heat escapes. The oven will need to use energy to recover that lost heat.

A self cleaning oven heats the oven up to about 900 degrees Fahrenheit and maintains this level for several hours. Obviously much energy is used in this process. Minimal use of the self cleaning mode helps avoid this energy use. Immediately clean up spills will help reduce the time self cleaning is needed.

If buying a new range or oven consider energy factors. While it should not be used, self cleaning ovens do have more insulation. Convection ovens also use less energy. Review control features that save energy.

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