- Use glass pans. Glass retains heat, so you can set the oven to a lower temperature.
- Cook several dishes that require about the same temperature in the oven simultaneously. This will shorten your oven's operating time.
- Keep preheating to a minimum.
- Refrain from looking inside a working oven too often and instead use the oven light to check on the food. Twenty precent (20%) of the heat can be lost each time you open the oven door.
- Turn the oven off before cooking is complete (up to 15 minutes, depending on the dish). The heat in the oven willcontinue to cook the dish until finished.
- If you need to self-clean the oven, plan to do it after cooking a meal while the oven is already hot, requiring less energy to raise the temperature.
- If avaiable, use microwave or toaster ovens for cooking or warming leftovers. They can save up tp 30% of the energy required to cook or reheat food in a regular oven.
- A microwave oven is an energy efficient alternative to a conventional oven. it cooks food fater because the energy heats only the food and not the oven compartment.