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Bake more for less with better oven use

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The Electrolux BI oven door incorporates into its design a detachable double or triple glazed oven door that makes it both easy to clean and a great insulator of heat that’ll help save energy.

Ovens are a healthy and fuss-free way to get quite a bit of cooking done when friends and family come around.   All that’s required is some simple planning and ‘multi-tasking’ cooking to achieve great meals and savings on your utility bill.

Here’re some tips on how to cut down on your bills if you’re an oven user.

Choose the right oven

Start with the appliance itself. Energy savings can be had from certain features, although they may not be apparent at first.

Convection ovens, for example, are generally more energy efficient to use. By using a fan to force hot air around the oven, convection ovens use less energy to heat the oven and cook food. On top of that, food cooks more evenly as well.

Another aspect of the oven to look for is the door seal and the door’s insulation. If the door seal is weak or loose, heat will escape the oven while cooking, leading to more energy being used to maintain the oven’s internal temperature. The better insulated the oven, the better it is at keeping heat inside, thus increasing power efficiency.

Ovens like the Electrolux BI Oven range come with either double or triple-glazed doors with a reflective inner glass that helps to retain more heat inside the oven. These ‘cool touch’ doors are also safer should there be accidental contact to its surface.

BI Oven door

Use the entire oven

Most ovens are quite big and have multiple racks. If you’re going to be using all that energy heating it up, you might as well do more with it by cooking different dishes simultaneously. For example, you can bake several trays of cookies or cupcakes at once, or cook vegetables and potatoes with that pork roast.

Do arrange your racks accordingly and use the right rack for certain foods. As a general rule,  top racks are for foods that can be quickly cooked in high temperature, while middle racks are used to cook at moderate heat. The bottom rack is usually used for slow cooking due to lower temperature. For convection ovens, arrange your food to maximise airflow to each rack, which will help  cook everything more quickly and evenly.

Also try multi-tasking – while waiting for the oven to heat up, you can also use it to warm up another part of the meal.

Be patient

It might be tempting to open the oven door mid-bake to see how your food is doing, but every time you do so, the oven loses about 25 degrees of heat. This uses more power than if you had just used other indicators like the timer, oven light or even your own nose.

On the other hand though, if the food being cooked allows for it, consider turning off the oven slightly earlier and letting the remaining heat finish the job.

Keep It Clean

A clean oven ensures that the heat is used for your food rather than the residue of your previous efforts. While self-cleaning ovens do use a huge amount of energy, if you do use it, turn it on just after cooking so it uses the remaining heat to start the cleaning process. Self-cleaning ovens are also generally better insulated, which helps to save energy when cooking.

Use the right equipment

Metal baking dishes don’t hold heat as well as glass or ceramic. By using the latter two materials, you can use lower temperatures to cook and the food will do just fine. If you’re using convection ovens, lining the racks with foil stops air from circulating freely and their use should be avoided.

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