Microwave vs Oven

Let’s pretend it’s a Wednesday afternoon/evening.  You come home from school or work and you decide you want to make a baked potato.  The next thing you do is decide whether or not you should cook it in the oven, or in the microwave.  You know that the skin of the potato is usually cooked to perfection and is the perfect softness when you cut it open when you cook it in the oven compared to having to guess who long to cook in the microwave.  So using the oven sounds like the best solution for having a satisfying meal.

However, I am here to tell you that you should avoid using the oven and use the microwave to cook your potato instead.  You will save almost 20 times the amount of energy if you used the microwave versus the oven.  This is due to the fact that you have to wait for the oven the heat up, then it takes longer to cook your potato when you can simply pop it in the microwave for a few minutes.  This will reduce your energy bills, and if your oven is gas powered, it will also greatly reduce your gas bill.  This EGOlogical tip can also be used in reference to other foods too such as chicken tenders or tater tots!

Hilary Ego