Energy-Efficient Cooking for Winter

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Energy Saver Update


February 11, 2022

Energy-Efficient Cooking for Winter

A woman holding a baby while she cooks at a stove

Hot and hearty fare on cold winter evenings is a staple in many homes. In the cold winter months, the average American kitchen churns out a veritable bounty of food, and most of it – from soups, to casseroles, to holiday feasts – is of the slow-cooking variety. While all these hearty favorites are a comforting part of colder weather, the energy required to cook them represents a small but significant part of our monthly energy bill.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that cooking alone generally accounts for 4 to 5% of total home energy use, and this figure doesn't include the energy costs associated with refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing. Added together, these costs mean that as much as 15% of the energy in the average American home is used in the kitchen.

Visit the Energy Saver Blog to find out how you can cut down on energy costs while cooking this winter:

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