Maui Electric shares energy saving cooking tips for the holidays

Release Date: 11/18/2015

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KAHULUI, November 18, 2015 - The holidays are coming up and saving electricity in the kitchen can become a little easier with these tips from Maui Electric:

Use the cooktop wisely

  • Use flat-bottomed pots, and match the size pot to the amount of food you’re cooking.
  • Place the pot on a similarly-sized burner, and put the lid on the pot.
  • Consider using a pressure cooker. It cooks food at a higher temperature and pressure, reducing cooking time and cutting energy use by 50 to 75 percent.

Maximize the oven

  • When you need to roast a dish in the oven, plan to cook as much of your meal as you can in the oven at the same time.
  • By baking in glass or ceramic pans, you can lower the oven’s temperature by 25° F, and food will cook just as quickly.
  • To maintain good air flow, don’t line the oven racks with foil, and stagger the pans on the racks.

Refrigerate leftovers promptly

  • Don't put uncovered hot liquids into the refrigerator; the vapors from hot liquids add to the compressor's workload.
  • Quickly cool hot liquids and food by dividing large amounts of leftovers into shallow containers or placing containers of hot leftovers in an ice bath then refrigerate them.
  • Leftover cooked foods requiring refrigeration should be rapidly cooled to an internal temperature of 45°F or less.

Run the dishwasher

  • By using an ENERGY STAR-qualified dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand, you'll save on water and cut your water-heating cost in half.

"During the holiday season many people are busy in the kitchen preparing for festive gatherings - and that can increase your average electricity usage," said Shayna Decker, Maui Electric communications specialist. "These tips can help save energy in your household this holiday season."

For more energy saving tips, visit www.mauielectric.com.