Use the correct size pan for the ring or burner you are cooking on and put close fitting lids on pans, keeping heat in to stop wasting energy
Cook food in bulk in one go to use all the space and heat in your cooker. Once the food has cooled, freeze it in separate portions for reheating at a later date.
Cut food into smaller pieces: that way it will cook more quickly and save energy.
Turn down the ring or burner once the required cooking temperature or state is reached. Simmer food rather than boiling it into a mush!
Use the fan assisted cooking option if possible. This helps to evenly spread heat round the oven, meaning cooking temperatures are reduced and cooking times are speeded up.
We recommend ovens and hobs that have an ‘A’ energy rating as they are the most efficient. New A+ rated electric ovens will consume 40% less energy than a B rated oven.
Keep your oven door closed while you’re cooking (opening it loses up to 20% of the heat). Keep the oven door clean so you can look in to check your food.
In a conventional electric oven, the amount of energy transferred from generating heat into cooking is only approximately 10%.
Cooking food straight out of the freezer can double time needed in the oven compared to de-frosting food first. Potatoes take far longer to roast in the oven if they are not par-boiled first. Even assuming you use the right sized pan, only 40% of the energy in a gas hob gets used for cooking (the rest is waste heat).
Potatoes take far longer to roast in the oven if they are not par-boiled first.
Even assuming you use the right sized pan, only 40% of the energy in a gas hob gets used for cooking (the rest is waste heat).
Teflon coated pans remove the need to use fat to prevent food from sticking. However toxic fumes from Teflon when cooking at high temperatures can kill pet birds and be the cause of flu-like symptoms in humans. Teflon comes from Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) that are linked to smaller birth weight and size in newborn babies, elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid hormone levels, liver inflammation and weakened immune systems. They also wreak havoc on the environment.