Buying an energy efficient oven is a great way to do your bit for the environment and save some pennies.
Obviously, the easiest way to buy an energy efficient oven is to check its rating and choose an A energy rated oven. With some of the incredible technologies on offer today, the ratings go up to A+++. Each + is 10% more efficient than the previous rating.This can get quite expensive however, so the following are a few guidelines on other ways you can be energy efficient.
The Future is Fan
If you don’t want to break the bank, you could simple buy a fan oven, as it is more efficient than conventional. Food cooks quicker and the oven can be set at a lower temperature. You should cook food approximately 20- 30°C lower than when cooking in a conventional oven. To push things even further, in a true fan oven you should cook food at a 10% lower temperature than when using a fan assisted oven.
The difference between a true fan and fan oven is where the fans are placed in the oven. In a true fan oven the heating element surrounds the fan at the back of the cavity, to create a completely even temperature throughout the entire oven, with no cold spots. In a fan assisted oven the fan is placed at the side of the cavity.
Another great way to be efficient is to buy an oven with multiple oven features. Take the Hoptoint SE1032X, this oven has multiple cooking functions, which will cook your food to perfection, first time. Some examples of the different types of cooking functions are pizza, bread and roast. By using these programmes the oven works out exactly how long and at what temperature your food should cook at. You get the optimum use out of the ovens heat, with no waste of energy.
To be more energy efficient you could by an oven which comes equipped with a programmable timer. The timer works by setting the temperature and the start and stop times of your cooking. By doing this your cooking time won’t run over, not only stopping your from burning and drying out your food but also using more energy than necessary.
Final Top Tip
And one final tip for energy efficiency- something you may not have thought of; buy an oven with a viewing window and a light. With these two features you won’t need to open the oven door to check on your food, so no heat will escape, saving more energy.
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