Buying and Operating Tips For Energy Saving Ovens
You have had a feeling for some time that your oven maybe on the fritz. That last chicken you attempted to roast took longer than it should have, and your oven has been taking longer to reach the temperature and holding its temperature. Buying or replacing a major appliance for home owners is not really something on the want list, but it is a vital need in every home. With the buzz about energy saving appliances; is an oven worth the hype of the cost of this new wave of technology? There are some buying tips when looking at energy saving ovens and every day tips to save money on the electric bill.
5 things to understand when a buying energy saving oven:
- Try to look for the lowest energy rating on the oven. Generally, any major appliance that has a low rating means the more cost efficient it is. But remember, just because an appliance has an energy star on it does not necessarily mean it is a better product.
- The benefits of a self-cleaning oven have a few perks when trying to save money on the electric bill. For one, self-cleaning ovens are more insulated than ones without this feature. This helps retain the heat inside the oven and produces a more consistent temperature. Also, the best time to use the self-clean function is when you have finished baking something and the oven is already preheated, saving both time and money.
- Convection ovens are known to reduce baking times to 30%; this will save time and money due to the circulation of air inside the oven.
- Evaluate the size of oven you need; if you are not much of a baker and mainly turn to your microwave or toaster oven for fine dining, then look at smaller ovens as they use less energy.
- Consider switching to a gas operated oven if applicable. Gas ovens and ranges use less energy and tend to heat up faster.
Tips to use your oven more efficiently:
- There really is no need to preheat the oven unless you are baking; so shave off 10 to 15 minutes of unnecessary oven usage when using the oven for roasts, chicken, etc.
- Turn off the oven 15 minutes before the food is ready to be removed. The oven will maintain the same temperature you set it at for about 15 minutes after you have turned it off. So let’s say you bake once a day, every day for 30 days; you will potentially shave off around 6 hours a month of electricity. That’s 72 hours a year!
- Resist from opening the oven door. Every time you want to take a peek at your masterpiece the oven’s temperature will drop about 25 degrees; a digital meat thermometer will help the temptation of opening the door and give an accurate internal temperature of your meat and even casseroles.
- Maintain the seal on the oven door. Poor seals will allow valuable heat to escape from your oven which can alter the total baking time as well as raise the temperature in the house. Clean the oven seal once a month with some kind of degreaser and also check your oven temperature with a thermometer to make sure the oven is holding proper temperatures.
- Microwave small amounts of leftover foods versus preheating the oven; this will take less time and less energy. A cool trick to save food from that undesirable microwaved taste and look is to place a wet coffee filter over the plate before zapping it in the microwave.
- During the winter months we tend to do more baking; be for the holidays or craving that certain comfort food. When you are expecting to use your oven for at least three hours that day turn down the furnace to compensate the energy being used. Your oven will provide a considerable amount of heat when being used for long periods of time.
Lastly, try to have the most practical approach when shopping for an energy saving oven; just because you saw that awesome pizza oven feature on your favorite cooking show; ask yourself, am I really going to make homemade pizza that much? A portable pizza stone is most likely the better buy. Always take a look at the owner’s manual as well, it will provide you the necessary information about your new energy saving oven along with the models best functions.
Article submitted by Jennifer B.