Power saving tips when cooking

Trim your power bill!

Stoves and ovens use a lot of power. Some simple changes to the way you cook can really help trim your power bill.

  • Use a small pot on a small element, and a large pot on a large element. 
  • Always use pot lids – and make sure they fit. 
  • Cook food on the stovetop instead of in the oven.
  • Invest in a slow cooker or a pressure cooker for casseroles, soups, and anything else that requires long, slow cooking. 
  • Make boiling water do double-duty by popping a steamer on top for veggies.
  • Microwaves cook food faster and cheaper. Try microwave baked potatoes – yum!
  • Make sure fridge and freezer doors close properly. Stick a torch inside at night and shut the door to check the seals. 
  • Check the fridge/freezer temperature and adjust it accordingly. 
  • Don't overload the fridge – it needs air circulating to cool properly. Your freezer is happier full of food – if it’s empty consider freezing ice cream containers full of water. 
  • Cool food down quickly before putting in the fridge or freezer. 
  • When the oven is on, cook several items. For example, a casserole, muffins, home-made muesli and baked potatoes 
  • Cook two meals at once! Get in the habit of cooking double-lots of bolaganaise and other mince dishes. The leftovers can be reheated cheaply in the microwave, or frozen.