Investing in energy efficient appliances is generally a good idea.
As cooking takes up a proportion of your household’s gas and electricity bills, getting your hands on an energy efficient oven can save you money.
And of course, it’s better for the environment too.
As with nearly all household appliances, it’s worth starting your search for an efficient oven with the EU energy rating.
This handy grade helps give you an idea of how efficient the oven will be to run and allows for easy comparison with other models. It ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient).
While an oven with a better energy efficiency rating may have a higher initial cost, it’s worth calculating how much you’ll save over a less efficient model in the long run. The energy label (or retailer’s product specifications) will list the kWh usage for conventional and/or convection cooking – the lower, the better.
While an oven with a better energy efficiency rating may have a higher initial cost, it’s worth calculating how much you’ll save over a less efficient model in the long run.
One of the biggest choices to make about your oven is the fuel type.
There are pros and cons to both gas and electric, which you can read about in more detail on page 6.
Overall, gas ovens tend to be cheaper to run than electric ovens, but the difference may not be that significant. Which? have calculated that using a gas oven over an electric oven will save you roughly £20 a year. This does add up over the appliance’s lifetime, but you may still prefer to go with an electric model if you want more features or are more comfortable with this fuel.
There are other features that can affect the appliance’s efficiency.
Pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens tend to have much better insulation due to the high temperatures involved in the cleaning process. This extra insulation often means the oven is significantly more efficient.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the actual pyrolytic self-cleaning process uses quite a lot of energy.
Oven doors have come a long way in the last few years, with manufacturers adding extra insulation for better efficiency. If you’re after an efficient appliance, look for models with triple or even quadrupleglazed doors, which dramatically cut down the amount of heat that can escape.
Fan ovens not only allow for more consistent heat and cooking times, they also allow you to cook at lower temperatures. This is another feature that can save energy.
One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your oven and shave some of the cost off your energy bills is to cook a little smarter.
While manufacturers make efforts to insulate their ovens, all of that is wasted if you keep opening the door. As nearly all ovens have glass doors and interior lights, you should be able to keep an eye on things with the door closed, keeping the heat in. This is especially true if you go for a built-in model and install it at eye level.
space you don’t need. In fact, it’s probably worth using your microwave for this particular job, at least to get things started, as this is an incredibly efficient way of cooking.
If you’re using a big oven, try cooking more than you need to make the best use of the space. You can then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers, ready for heating up on a different day. This saves both energy and time.
If you have a double oven, use the right size cavity for the amount of cooking you’re doing.