One very effective way to lower your electric bill during the hot Texas Summer and Autumn months that doesn’t involve calling an electrician or the HVAC guy is cooking outside. Using your outdoor grill or microwaving keeps your kitchen cooler and consequently, reduces energy costs.
Cooking your entire meal on the outdoor grill makes the food taste fantastic, is easier to clean up and avoids heating up the kitchen. Steak, pork or chicken on the barbecue and veggies in those little silver packages make for killer cuisine! I believe in miracles and foil paper is certainly one of them.
Here are a few tips to save on electricity in your kitchen when grilling outside just isn’t feasible:
Turn off your oven about 15 minutes before the actual baking time is complete. The residual heat in you oven should finish the cooking process.
Avoid opening the oven door while you’re baking. Every time you open the door, you lose between 25 to 50 degrees of heat.
For energy savings on your stove top, make sure that your pots, pans and skillets have flat bottoms, have tight-fitting lids and that you match the size of the pan with the size of the burner.