Saving Energy While Baking Can Be as Easy as Pie

Up your baking game with these simple energy-efficiency tips.
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Saving Energy While Baking Can Be as Easy as Pie

Up your baking game with these simple energy-efficiency tips.

As people spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken on a newfound interest in baking. Whether it’s banana bread, homemade sourdough or a classic apple pie, you’ve likely seen a host of #quarantinebaking treats show up on your social media feed. If you’ve been inspired to be the next banana bread champion, up your baking game with these simple energy-efficiency tips.

1. Proper Bakeware

Energy experts recommend keeping conductivity in mind when choosing bakeware. Use glass or ceramic dishes when appropriate because they allow you to decrease your oven’s temperature by 25 degrees without having to adjust the cook time. Copper-bottomed pans also heat up faster than regular pans.

If part of your recipe calls for stovetop cooking, save energy by ensuring your pans are flat at the bottom so that they heat up more evenly and effectively. A warped-bottom pot can take 50% more energy to boil water than a flat-bottomed pan, according to the Department of Energy.

2. Precise Preheating

With a conventional oven, only preheat for the designated time. This sounds simple, but some people may leave their ovens on for half an hour or more while they are prepping their dishes. Preheating for about 10 minutes may be enough to get it to the proper temperature.

3. Don’t Peek

It might be tempting, but don’t open your oven door to peek at your masterpiece before it’s done baking. You’re letting hot air out and losing about 25 degrees of heat every time you open the oven door while your dish is still baking.

4. Cut Cooking Time Early

Turn off your oven a few minutes before the designated time. Your cooking appliance will retain the same temperature and food will continue to cook until the unit cools down.

5. Self-Cleaning Ovens

If your oven has a self-cleaning function, save energy by only running a cleaning cycle once a month and do it immediately after baking something so that the oven is still warm.

According to the Department of Energy, self-cleaning ovens are more energy efficient because they have better insulation.

6. Alternative Appliances

If you are baking small portions, consider alternatives that are more energy efficient than a conventional oven, such as a toaster oven or microwave, which can use as much as 80% less energy.

7. No Bake Desserts

Keep your home cool during the summer and save energy by skipping the oven altogether. You can still make a tasty dessert without baking at all. If you need some inspiration, check out these five no-bake dessert recipes to get started.