Another major power user in your home is the stove. One of the kitchen triangle, you can’t live without one and these days, they are becoming more technologically advance, some even connected to your Wifi network, available to turn on by the touch of a button on your smart phone.

As a virtual gas-guzzler of the hydro, there are several things you can do aside from passing on the oven itself by using the BBQ.

  1. Don’t wait – Preheating is necessary to a point, but you don’t necessarily have to wait until it’s right up to temperature.
  2. Have faith – You don’t have to see it to believe it. If you have a recipe that works then peaking into the oven every minute or so will let the heat escape.
  3. Go convection – A convection oven will save you time by cooking more evenly and warming up faster.
  4. Multitask – This is especially true for convection ovens that circulate the heat throughout the oven. You have more than one rack so you can use them. That stands true for the warming rack under the oven. (No, it isn’t for pot storage.)
  5. Let the air do the work – It may say cook from frozen, but you really don’t have to. Thaw your food in the kitchen before sticking it in the oven.

The stove can be a huge draw on your hydro, but it doesn’t have to. Be mindful about your use and save some dough in the process.