KEEP YOUR ELECTRICITY BILLS DOWN AND SAVE ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE BY BEING AWARE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT WAYS TO USE ELECTRICITY. COOKING
1 Keep the door closed. Ever time you open it the temperature drop about 20 degrees (c) 2 Cook several dishes at the one time.If you are cooking small items use the frypan. 3 When cooking small quantities use one sauce pan with dividers. 4 Keep food warm at 70-80 deg(c) Higher temperatures waste electricity and over cook food. 5 Use oven heat for plate warming.
6 Use utensils with flat bottoms and well fitting lids.Make sure they cover hotplates. 7 To cook vegetables the water doesn't need to be boiling furiously - a gentle simmer is enough.
8 Fan type ovens reduce cooking costs.
9 Use bright clean hotplate reflectors to send the heat upwards where it is wanted. 10 Pressure cookers can save up to 25% of power.
11 Use small appliances eg. griller,crockpot,wok,etc for appropriate foods. 12 Thaw frozen foods before cooking - this saves about 15 minutes cooking per 450 grams (one pound). 13 A microwave is very economical for suitable functions -it is excellent for reconstituting food. 14 Don't use grill-boiler plate on top of range for utensils not large enough to cover it. 15 Don't boil water on a hotplate - use an electric kettle. 16 Make sure your oven door seals properly.
HEATING AND COOLING.
17 Have the ceiling insulated with at least 50mm of fibrous or foam insulation. 18 In timber framed or brick homes the walls should also be insulated. Block off any chimneys not being used - A lot of heat is lost there. 19 Unless you have full home conditioning close the doors of the room/s being heated or cooled. Doors and windows should fit well because draughts can waste a lot of energy. Close curtains to stop heat escaping. 20 See that air- conditioner filters and condenser coils are kept clean. 21 Reverse cycle air-conditioners provide 2 to 2.5 times as much heat as an...