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Cooking with Less kWh

 Cooking with Less kWh

We're in the midst of scorching heat and blazing temperatures. As those digits continue to rise this summer, electricity consumption will, too, as we all try to stay cool. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to save energy and trim your electric bill. Adjusting your thermostat and utilizing ceiling fans can help, but big savings can be found in your kitchen.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that cooking alone accounts for 4 percent of total home energy use, and this figure doesn’t include the energy costs associated with refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing—not to mention the additional heat generated in your home from your stovetop or oven.

While we battle through the summer heat, we’re going to share some of our favorite ways to cook with less kWh. Naturally, that starts with a slow cooker. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an oven favorite dish without the added energy costs or heat generated in your home.

Chicken, New Potatoes and Green Beans


Chicken breast (amount dependant on the size of your slow cooker)
New potatoes (cubed)
Green beans
1 stick butter (melted)
2 Italian dressing packets
1-2 cups cooking liquid (water or chicken broth)
Olive oil (optional)


Line a slow cooker vertically with cubed new potatoes, chicken and green beans. Mix the Italian dressing packets with melted butter. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to increase the mixture volume. Pour over all the ingredients.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until chicken and potatoes are thoroughly cooked.

When winter rolls around, this recipe can be easily prepared in the oven. Place ingredients in a casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chicken and potatoes are cooked.

Enjoy the chicken and enjoy the savings!

Posted by Mary Kate Pedigo, CCC, Communications Specialist