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the ancient mariner
Re the energy saving —
I have just done an exhaustive study, sparing no expense.
It would appear that the most you could save using a MW for all your cooking would be $2.61 a month. It ain’t worth it.
But during the summer it also produces a lot less heat than a conventional stove so Air Conditioning costs will be less.
The important thing is using it for what it is good at and not for things it is not.
In a post from some research firm in Jolly Old England I see that 4 portions of frozen vegetables takes 6 min instead of 17 and would use 0.143 kwh in a MW against .407 on a regular electric range. Savings $0.03 cents. Which tastes better ? The MW veggies are much better, hands down.
4 portions of boiled potatoes——6.3 minutes vs 24.3 —– .15 kwh vs .50 another winner —-savings 5 cents. and tastes better.
Porridge (oatmeal) comes out even —–$0.03 either way.
so knowing what to cook in the MW can save money but not that much.
Now as B Stiller mentions the Toaster oven is a winner —
One hour in an electric oven uses 2.0 kwh=$0.24
as compared to the toaster oven which used 0.33 kwh at a cost of .04
Conclusion—-use the MW and Toaster oven and save some money—–use
a conventional oven for a big turkey on Thanksgiving unless you are on a Houseboat in Tennessee (think that is great) where you have to use a MW.
Return to your corners and come out fighting, and may the better man (woman or child) win.
We are getting there——-The King of Siam said “It’s a Puzzlement” but we are working on it.