Talk to your landlord about efficient cooking appliances
Efficient cooking appliances use up to 20% less energy than standard models. Cooking appliances like ovens and stoves last a long time, so choosing energy-efficient models when it's time to upgrade can be a good investment for your landlord.
Benefits to your landlord:
Upgrading to energy-efficient cooking appliances has a variety of benefits for your landlord:
Make the rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.
Provide greater reliability and lower maintenance costs.
Recently upgraded cooking appliances can serve as an attractive selling point.
Step by step:
Determine if your kitchen could benefit from any of the following energy-efficient appliances:
- Convection oven: If you don't already have one, convection ovens use about 20% less energy than conventional ovens. A convection fan circulates heated air around food, which reduces both cooking time and temperature.
- Self-cleaning ovens are also more energy-efficient because they are more insulated than standard models.
- Energy-efficient burner: Whether you prefer to use a gas or electric stove, there are energy-efficient models available that can help reduce energy costs.
- Gas ranges and cooktops. Models with an electric ignition use 50% less energy than gas stoves with pilot lights, which constantly burn a small amount of fuel.
- Electric ranges and cooktops. Models with radiant, halogen, or induction heating elements are more efficient than conventional models with exposed coil elements.
- ENERGY STAR® certified ventilating fan. Certified fans have dampers that prevent infiltration of outside air, use 70% less energy than standard models, and are often much quieter.
If any of your kitchen appliances are in need of an upgrade, ask your landlord to consider investing in the energy-efficient models listed above.
Actions you can take now:
Landlord not ready to invest in new, efficient cooking applicances? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy on cooking:
Use a microwave or toaster oven to prepare food when possible. Microwaves can use over 50% less energy than a conventional oven.
Use lids when cooking. Keeping lids on pots and pans helps trap heat and reduce cooking time, allowing you to use up to five times less energy when cooking on the stove.
Use your oven efficiently. Opening the oven door causes your oven's temperature to drop by about 25°F. Instead of opening the door, check on your food by using the inside light and looking through the oven's window.