1.5.16 Use a toaster oven or microwave instead of the oven

1.5.16 Use a toaster oven or microwave instead of the oven


The measure proposes using a microwave or a toaster oven instead of a traditional oven to save energy considering that the formers are more efficient in daily cooking.


  • Microwave and toaster oven reduce the time of cooking reducing, consequently, the energy consumption

  • In summer, toaster oven and microwave generate less heat due to shorter time of cooking, but also to reduced dimension of both

  • Comparing one hour in the oven versus fifteen minutes in the microwave, you’re saving  about 1 to 1.5 kW by using the microwave


  • User acceptance

  • Sometimes it is necessary to use a traditional oven due to the quantity of food which will be cocked or due to the cooking technique

Economic assessment

The cost is zero if you possess a microwave or toaster oven, otherwise you can buy a microwave for 50€ and a toaster oven for 30€.

References and best practices

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Environment or playable world:

  • Residential

  • Academic

  • Offices

  • All

Carried out by:

  • Public building users

  • Owners

  • Operators

  • All

Reduce consumption of:

  • Heating

  • Cooling

  • DHW

  • Lighting

  • Electric devices

Type of driver:

  • Physical environmental

  • Contextual

  • Psychological

  • Physiological

  • Social

Time framework:

  • Short term
  • Long term

Type of measure:

  • Envelope
  • HVAC
  • DHW
  • Lighting
  • Electrical devices
  • Other
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