How many amps does a Toaster Oven use?
In this age of ever-increasing awareness about our carbon footprint and with a growing focus on energy conservation, people are thinking more and more about the amount of power consumed by their household appliances. This generation is incredibly environmentally aware and is constantly searching for ways in which to improve energy efficiency in the home.
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A conventional oven’s large size is one factor which can make only using a regular conventional oven a less-than-smart choice when it comes to the environment. Sometimes, you have only small amounts of food that need to be cooked, and to heat up a large oven cavity just seems wasteful. In these cases, a toaster oven prove itself to be a very useful piece of equipment to add to your kitchen.
The small size means that it can sit comfortably on your counter and can, in fact, often roast, grill and reheat food with equally good results as your main oven. They can also be much more energy efficient than their larger counterparts. Modern toaster ovens can cook at a wide selection of temperatures and settings offering full flexibility for the busy home cook. A toaster oven can also function as a warmer and many of them also come complete with built-in thermostats. Many models also offer built-in timers as standard.
Some toaster ovens also come complete with a built-in convection feature which circulates warm air and causes food to cook even more efficiently, saving even further on energy. They will have a higher wattage because of this feature, but will, in turn, save on cooking time and ultimately save on energy.
How many amps does the toaster oven use, though?
Given the obvious difference in size, it makes sense that both toaster ovens and conventional ovens don’t extract the same level of energy from the power socket. The energy output of conventional electric ovens varies greatly depending on the mode, age and other factors such as the cooking mode employed. Older models will often be less energy efficient with more modern ones often offering this as an attractive feature. Typically however, they will consume anywhere between 2,500 to 5,000 watts and when set to 350°, use an average of 2 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy per one hour. By comparison a 200-watt toaster oven will use only 0.9kWh when set to 450° for 50 minutes. It is clear to see that the smaller appliance is much more environmentally efficient.
It is important to remember that toaster ovens may be the more energy efficient choice but because of their small capacity, are not always suitable for exclusive use by many home cooks. They can, however, work very well in tandem with your regular oven and help to conserve energy in the home for that reason. Waiting until you can make full use of your conventional oven before turning it on, and instead using the toaster oven for small jobs which require less space could be the ideal compromise.
Any other low-energy alternatives?
A much more environmentally kind option than either a toaster oven or a regular oven is a slow cooker, which uses a just 0.7 kWh of electricity over 7 hours so any cook who is really conscious about energy efficiency might want to consider making more stews and similar meals using this piece of equipment.
It is also important to remember that there are many other ways in which you can easily conserve energy around the home besides entirely abandoning your conventional oven. Switching to a low-flow shower head and taking care to turn off all appliances at the source will soon add up to some great savings on both your energy bill and on your conscience in terms of energy conservation.