If you’ve ever wondered how much electricity your oven is using each time you use it, we’re here to help.
Electric oven energy usage does vary a lot, as do electric prices from different companies. So please take the electric usage information below as a rough guideline.
However, as you’ll see, an electric oven doesn’t cost too much to run, and if you have a very energy-efficient oven, the cost will likely be even less!
We looked at the most popular electric ovens on the market right now to estimate the average electricity usage for an electric oven.
We found that the average electric oven uses 0.87 kWh of energy, and has an energy rating of A.
As we explored in a separate article, this means an electric oven should cost you around 14p an hour to run.
How to Save Electricity When Choosing an Oven
1. Consider the energy consumption rating
Buying an oven that has a good energy consumption rating (A+ or better) is a good way of saving money. These ovens use less energy to heat up and retain their heat while cooking, so it means that your oven isn’t constantly using electric to keep the heat up.
You can find out the energy consumption rating of any oven in the specification section on most retailer websites.
However, a higher energy rating doesn’t always reflect a low energy consumption rating. Oven size comes into play too—smaller ovens will use less electricity even if they are not technically more energy efficient.
Still, bear in mind that you may only save pennies a week no matter how low the energy consumption is.
2. Keep the oven door closed
Another good way of saving electricity while you are cooking is to keep the oven door close as much as possible. Whenever you open an oven door, it allows the heat to escape, and your oven must then heat the oven up again. So, when you are cooking, keep the oven door close as much as possible.
3. Use cookware that heats up quick and retains heat
Saving electricity on the hob is difficult. You can use cookware that holds heat in really well or use really thin cookware, so it heats up nice and quickly.
There are drawbacks to both types of cookware, though. For example, using cookware that holds heat nicely, cast iron cookware, for example, means that there is a longer wait time for it to reach a good temperature.
Using cookware that is thinner means that it will heat up faster, but the cookware won’t hold the heat in as well so you will need to keep the temperature of your hob higher.
So, in the case of the hob, it can be very tricky to make any notable savings by changing cookware. Instead, it is better to buy a more energy-efficient hob.
We hope this look at electricity costs for ovens has been helpful. For more information about ovens, please explore Chef’s Pick further. We also have lists of the best electric cookers and excellent cookware to use with them too.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.