Green Tips for Ovens

February 19, 2009

3030130503_b156e710c4 shared some important reminders on ovens today:

The tips that jump out: 

Keep your oven clean-no one likes the smell of food burning on the oven floor, an we don’t need to waste energy cooking extra bits of food, either. That goes for toaster ovens, too. Last week some tahini drips of some toast and started a small fire on the heating element of the toaster oven. Not good- need a new toaster and the house smelled for days of burnt tahini…

Don’t preheat your oven except for baking- this is intriguing because I always preheat. apparently most foods can start at room temperature and ride up through the pre-heat until optimum oven temp is reached!

You can turn your oven off a few minutes early – great idea, because your oven holds heat a long time and will not cool down right away, especially if you:

Do not open the oven door- every time you open the door the temperature drops and the oven has to work to heat up again.

And check out Best Green Home Tips for more energy saving ideas for cooking as well as living!

One Response to “Green Tips for Ovens”

  1. Smart Ideas Says:

    Preheating the oven may seem like a waste. However for some newer ovens, it does not make any difference regarding the energy consumption whether you preheat or not. Oven consumes most of energy while preheating. But it takes short time. Afterward, it needs to maintain the temperature, which costs lot less energy. If the oven is heated up without preheating, it takes longer. The energy consumption is somewhere in the middle between preheat and maintain-temperature. Read Energy saving tips and myths for ovens for more details and also financial savings related to the above tips.

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