22 December 2008

If you have frozen food, thaw the food first before cooking.
  1. Remember small appliance more energy efficient than the bigger appliances. So use the small appliances where possible. The grill on your stove uses up to three times more energy than your pop-up toaster.
  2. Match energy efficient cooking practices, such as using minimum water in pots, keeping lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling.
  3. Use the right size hotplate/burner matched with selected pot size.
  4. Use steamers and pot dividers to cook all your vegetables at once.
  5. Keep the oven door shut - each time it’s opened, more energy is needed to replace the lost heat.
  6. Check the seal on the oven door. A good seal will hold a piece of paper in place when the oven door is closed (make sure the oven is off). If the paper can be pulled out, the seal may need replacing.
  7. Use the oven fully where possible and plan on cooking several dishes at once.
  8. Preheating is unnecessary in a gas oven and should be minimised in an electric oven (especially fan-forced ovens).
  9. Turn the oven off 10 minutes before cooking is finished and use residual heat. If using aluminium foil, apply the dull side up.
  10. Keep surfaces of appliances clean to promote maximum heat reflection.
  11. Have appliances serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions - do not attempt repairs yourself.

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