Using your stove or oven during the hot, summer months is one of the fastest ways to add unwanted heat to your home. To save energy and money, avoid using them during Power Rush Hour® from 2-7 p.m. Instead, look to smaller, more efficient appliances to cook up energy savings for your plate!
Use a toaster oven to cook anything from pizza to asparagus. You’ll get a “crispy on the outside, tender on the inside” taste, using only about half of the energy as your electric stove.
Electric pressure cooker
Pressure cookers can reach high temperatures quickly to cook your food in very little time, and they use less energy than your stove. Plus, you can cook just about anything in a pressure cooker, making it a great choice for those who crave convenience.
Use this tool as a healthier, more energy-efficient alternative to a deep fryer. Air fryers operate on 120 volts when plugged into an outlet and 1,500 watts at maximum, but are efficient because they are used for such a short time. An oven uses 5,000 watts and takes much longer to cook.
Put the food inside, and
let it do the work! Even though this appliance takes the longest to make meals, it’s still efficient because it uses less energy than your stove or oven.
Make friends with your microwave for quick, convenient cooking and for reheating your leftovers. Microwaves use up to 80% less energy than your oven and won’t heat up your home.
- Clean your appliances after each use to keep them working as efficiently as possible.
- Check your refrigerator to make sure the doors close tightly. If they don’t, tighten the latches or replace the seals if necessary.
- Set your fridge at 35–38 degrees and set standalone freezers to 0 degrees.
- Upgrade old appliances with more energy-efficient ones. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label for up to 40% more efficiency than standard appliances.
Find more energy-saving tips at pec.coop/savings.