Do multifunctional cookers save money?
Last month we were at the Topeka Farm Show talking about the cooperative difference and how to save on your energy usage. I want to thank my counterparts at Bluestem Electric Cooperative and 4Rivers Electric Cooperative for sharing the booth, and together we really did see a lot of you! We gave away three multifunctional pressure cookers during the show. One of the questions I got was how much energy these multifunctional cookers use compared to other methods of cooking, and if I like the way they cook.
First, the easy answer. I love how these cookers can prep a quick meal. My wife and I often wish we would cook more in them! With kids, work, school, and everything else we often don’t think about dinner until it’s time to eat. By whatever name you want to call these multifunctional cookers, they are a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table for a busy family.
They are also pretty amazing when it comes to energy consumption. They shine because the pressurizing of food lowers the cooking time and these units are insulated. Conventional stoves and slow cookers tend to release heat when they cook – and it can heat up the kitchen.
For example, if I want to cook a simple roast in the oven on medium heat it will use about 2000 watts, for six hours consuming 6 kWh or about 66 cents. If I use the pressure cooker it consumes 1000 watts, but only needs to run for one hour. It will consume about 1 kWh at approximately 11 cents. And, if I used a slow cooker it would consume about 200 watts on a low or medium setting but cooking for eight hours would equal about 1.6 kWh equaling approximately 17 cents.
The slow cooker and multifunctional pressure cooker are very efficient when it comes to getting dinner on the table, and great ways to save on your electric bill (especially in the summer months).
Other Ways to Save Energy and Money in the Kitchen
- Use cold water whenever possible
- Don’t let the water run while you do dishes
- Keep the refrigerator door shut
- Don’t use the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher