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Asked on: September 3, 2013 by Peggy, via www.FPLblog.com
What uses the least amount of energy when cooking: a microwave, electric oven or slow cooker?
That’s an easy one. A microwave oven is typically your best cooking option if you’re looking to save energy. Let’s take a look at how microwaves compare to other cooking appliances.
Microwave vs. oven
Microwaves use approximately 80 percent less energy than an electric range or oven. That means if it takes a few minutes to cook something using a 1400 watt microwave oven, it will take more power and much more time to deliver the same end results with a range or oven.
Microwave vs. slow cooker
Similarly, cooking with a microwave is more efficient than using a slow cooker, or crockpot. Even though a slow cooker will use less power per minute than a microwave, the cooking time of several hours will result in much more overall energy consumption than the microwave oven. Ultimately, microwaves use about half the electricity as a slow cooker.
Your recipe for energy efficiency
So, use your microwave when you can for maximum energy savings, but enjoy using your other cooking appliances when they are needed to achieve the taste you need for the recipe. Don’t forget, you can take an Online Home Energy Survey to get a personalized savings plan for your home filled with energy-saving tips and your biggest opportunities for savings.
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