Cook up some energy savings this Easter

            A big family dinner means your kitchen’s most inefficient appliance—the oven—will be going full blast all day on Easter Sunday.

            Making just a few easy changes to your kitchen routine can save some energy this Easter—and every time you cook a big holiday meal. Here are some tips:

  • Use the microwave. You might not want to zap your roast beef or ham in the microwave or toaster oven, but consider using these more-efficient appliances for side dishes like vegetables.
  • Cook as many dishes as possible at the same time to reduce the amount of time your oven is on.
  • Combine vegetables with the meat in your roasting pan to cook both at once, and place your pie on another rack to simultaneously bake it all.
  • Thaw the meat in your refrigerator a day or two before roasting so you won’t have to defrost it in the oven. If you’re in a hurry, thaw the roast in the microwave.
  • Cook in your crock pot. Even though you leave it on all day to cook, it uses less energy than your oven.