15 Energy Efficiency Tips for your Oven

Oven Tips

What is this time of year best known for? Large home cooked meals for the family. With the holiday season approaching, we will be using our stoves more often. Here are 15 tips to help make Thanksgiving more affordable.

  1. You are making multiple sides – make them at the same time.
    By putting multiple things in the oven at the same time, you save time and energy use.
  2. Skip preheating
    Unless your food is temperature specific, you can skip the wait and cook immediately.
  3. Keep that door closed!
    Opening the oven will cause it to lose heat, making the cooking time take longer. If you need to check something, turn on the oven lamp, but don’t open the door until the timer goes off.
  4. Utilize the oven racks
    Each oven rack has its own purpose. Use them to the maximum benefit by remembering which rack is meant for what.Top rack: High temperatures, quick cooking.
    Middle rack: Moderate temperature cooking.
    Bottom rack: Slow cooking and low temperature cooking.
  5. A clean stove is an energy-efficient stove
    Cleaning your stove makes it easier to clean your stove each time. If there is buildup of food inside the oven, it becomes harder to remove and you will have to have to use more expensive and abrasive cleaners to remove it.
  6. Choose the right baking dish
    Glass or ceramic baking dishes are more proficient at retaining heat. You will be able to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees and it will still cook just as quickly.
  7. Don’t use foil lining in the oven
    Some people line their oven racks with foil to keep them clean and to increase cooking time. Foil blocks heat and makes it less efficient. Foil can be used for the food, but don’t line your oven racks.
  8. Stagger pans
    Staggering the pans in the oven will increase the oven’s ability to cook the food evenly by maximizing the air flow.
  9. Make more food – double the amount
    Having leftovers is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. Microwaves or convection ovens are much more energy efficient and cost effective than the oven. Make more food so you don’t have to cook later in the week.
  10. Self clean the oven – after cooking
    If your oven has a self-clean feature, it uses heat. After cooking, go ahead and turn it on the self-clean feature to use the residual heat that the oven already has.
  11. Don’t cook frozen
    It’s not science, it’s fact! Frozen food takes longer to cook. If it’s possible, defrost your food in the fridge prior to cooking.
  12. Check the seal on your oven
    Is the seal around your oven still in good shape? It might be good to check it to make sure it’s still in looking good. A seal that is tearing, loose, or dirty will let heat out of the oven which isn’t good for the cooking time of your food or your energy bill.
  13. Calibrate the heat
    By using a cheap thermometer, you can tell easily if your oven is heating up to the requested temperature easily. Cooking at the right temperature saves your food and your money.
  14. Keep it Covered
    If you have food that can be covered, use foil or a lid. It will keep the heat inside the covered dish so you don’t have to reheat it immediately and it will assist in the speed of cooking.
  15. Time cooking (turn it off early)
    Just like skipping preheating, if your food isn’t temperature sensitive, you can turn off the stove early so you can use the residual heat to finish cooking your dishes.

2019 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received thousands of applications, from students in Texas.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community? We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

$5,000 Champion Scholars Award

Pilar Ibarra from Sugar Land, Texas

Pilar is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Pilar attends Dulles High School where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Pilar served as the Operations Manager of Miracle Club and was instrumental in putting together the club’s first annual Color Run, resulting in $22,000 donated to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pilar will be studying Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“My service experience with Miracle Club has been invaluable to me in the realization that no matter which way, fighting for others will always be what keeps me going, and what makes me a champion for my community.”

$3,000 Champion Scholars Award

Rebecca Read from Houston, Texas

Rebecca is the recipient of a $3,000 Champion Scholars award. Rebecca attends Memorial High School. She spent all four years of high school tutoring at The Branch, which is an after-school program for underprivileged kids. Here, she implemented a science lab program that provided the kids hands-on experience in an environment outside of the classroom.
Rebecca will be studying Business at the University of Texas in Austin.

“I think what makes me a champion is the fact that I was able to make a big difference in a small way. By taking the time to invest myself and my resources into the education of a small group of kids, I know that I have fostered an interest in learning that extends beyond the few hours spent in school each day. I exposed these kids to something new and sparked an interest in them that I feel cannot be underestimated.”

$2,000 Champion Scholars Award

Mason Hoover from Missouri City, Texas

Mason is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Mason attends Elkins High School. Since childhood, Mason has been volunteering from the early days of flag duty in elementary school to yearly mission trips as he got older. He is an Eagle Scout with leadership positions on the swim team, ROTC and the National Honor Society.
Mason will be studying Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“I am a champion in that I have given myself opportunities to show others how to be. On many occasions, I had grown men and women ask me how old I was, to which I would respond “16”. The looks of disbelief still haunt me to this day. I am a champion in my community because I have never let my age prevent me from setting the example for all those who stand around me”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.

2018 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received over 4,000 applications, from students in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community? We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

$5,000 Champion Scholars Award

Brooke Rennie from Red Oak, Texas

Brooke is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Brooke attends Red Oak High School  where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Brooke is involved with Student Council, the art club, debate team, and soccer to name a few. She will be studying Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.


“I have explored different interests and found the things that I feel real passion for and married them with the traits and gifts that I excel at. I have patched together a quilt of hobbies, activities and experiences that I believe give a truly accurate description of who I am as a person. I agree that being a champion encompasses more than just being the best at something. Being a champion means channeling the talents and gifts that you have to work with…putting one hundred percent of your effort into doing something meaningful.”

$2,000 Champion Scholars Award

Melody Shannon from Powderly, Texas

Melody is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Melody is active with FFA (Future Farmers of America). Additionally, she has volunteered with the Salvation Army, local nursing homes, animal shelters and more. She will be studying Land Surveying at Oklahoma State University with ambitions to attend law school in the future.


“I am doing my best to serve others.  In the future, I hope to influence government agencies to create stricter guidelines for grain bin safety.  As a surveyor and lawyer, I feel that I will have the means and education to lobby and advocate for this very important issue.  My hope is that I can be champion for deserving causes.”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.