Buying tips—cooking appliances

What should you consider when buying a cooking appliance?

Read the EnerGuide label.
Choose a model with the lowest energy consumption rating.

Look for a self-cleaning oven.
These models use heat in the cleaning cycle, but they are also better insulated and maintain the internal temperature better.

Ask about ovens with a convection setting.
They can reduce baking time by up to 30 percent.

Consider an oven with probes for measuring internal temperatures.
These models prevent overcooking food and reduce the need to open the door during cooking to check temperatures; both practices waste energy.

Choose an induction or halogen (ceramic glass) cooktop.
This type is more energy efficient than conventional burners.

Purchase the right size oven.
A smaller model will use less energy.