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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Save Money While Using Your Oven

Frigidaire FFEW2725LS 27 Single Electric Wall Oven - Stainless SteelI am always looking for ways to save money. Even if it's just a few cents here and there, it can really add up. For instance, let's say your oven uses $0.15 cents per hour (running at 350 degrees). You have your oven on for an hour - baking time - and a half hour - preheating. That will cost you $0.225 a day to bake. (That's if you use your oven once a day at 350.) Which equals out to $6.975 a month. Not too bad.

What if you didn't preheat your oven. You would save $2.325 a month, or $27.90 a year. Now this is pocket change to some, but saving $28 for just not preheating your oven? I'll take it. :)

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.


  1. Yeah, I eventually realized that when I followed recipe directions to preheat the oven as the very first step, I was often running the oven for 30 or 45 minutes, listening to the gas whoosh off and on, while I measured and chopped and mixed to get the food ready to bake!

    Now I don't turn on the oven until just before I grease the pan! If I'm baking something like a frozen pizza that needs no prep, I put it in without preheating, and it's usually done on time anyway or needs maybe 5 extra minutes.

    Another way to save energy with the oven is to turn it off 5-10 minutes before the end of baking, WITHOUT opening the door; the oven will maintain its temperature long enough to finish baking the food. For things that may not be done the first time I check them, I turn off the heat after the first checking.

  2. REALLY?!?!?!? I had no idea it costs that much!
    Thank you!!!



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