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Save Energy in the Kitchen: 10 Cooking Tips

Save Energy in the Kitchen: 10 Cooking Tips

These 10 tips are worth their weight in gold, especially with energy bills being what they are! And they are so brilliantly simple that you’ll find them easy to incorporate without feeling put-upon or strained in any way.

Find out the ten simple cooking tips that will save you some energy in the kitchen, right here:

1. Cover pans while cooking to prevent heat loss.

2. Make sure your pan covers the coil of your range. If you can see coil peeping out from the sides of your pan, you are losing energy and you need a bigger pan!

3. Try one-pot cooking. Stews, soups, and other great peasant meals only take one burner to cook and they are so nourishing and satisfying! We have lots of great one-pot recipes in our Care2 Green Kitchen channels.

4. Just before your food is cooked completely, turn off the oven or burner and allow the heat in the pot or pan to continue the cooking process for you.

5. The less liquid and fat you use, the quicker the cooking time.

6. Always make more food than you plan to use and freeze it for your own “fast food.”

7. Leftovers take less energy to reheat on top of the stove rather than in the oven.

8. Most of us eat a lot of pasta. Make extra, toss with olive oil, and keep in the fridge so you don’t have to heat an entire pot of water to the boiling point every time you want some.

9. If you have one, use a pressure cooker. It really saves on energy.

10. Try using a solar box cooker.

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Inspired by The Green Kitchen Handbook, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Harper Perennial, 1997).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:59AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I heard about cooking your turkey on the outside grill. I wonder if more items could be cooked on the grill. It would save on your electric bill.

12:53AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

Thanks for information :)

12:50PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Really good tips! In winter I use my oven to heat and to cook.

10:54PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank You! All are good tips!

1:52PM PDT on May 10, 2013

thanks for the tips

10:36AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you for info.

7:38AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Yes--more info. on solar cooking---I want to cook beans in the summer on my side porch!!

10:27PM PDT on May 9, 2013

watched a few solar boxer cookers, looks like lots of fun but scared I might burn myself

3:38PM PDT on May 9, 2013


12:35AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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