A pressure cooker doesn’t just save you time in the kitchen; it also saves you money. Cooking with a pressure cooker saves energy and opens a whole new range of frugal food options for busy cooks.
Because a pressure cooker can get dinner ready in less time, it also uses less energy. According to energy expert Michael Bluejay, a typical electric oven on medium heat uses about 2,000 watts of energy. That means running it for three hours would use 6 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy. Cooking the pot roast in the pressure cooker instead would cut your energy use down to around 2 kWh.
Now, let’s say you did this once a week. Over the course of an entire year, you’d save a total of 208 kWh. According to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average cost of electricity across the country is $0.127 per kWh. Thus, cooking one meal a week with your pressure cooker would put an extra $26.42 in your pocket from electricity savings alone.
Cooking a meal in the summertime can pump a lot of heat into your kitchen. Your air conditioner has to work harder to remove all that excess heat, which jacks up your electric bill. So, anything you can do to reduce the amount of heat in your kitchen can also help you save money on air conditioning.
See the video below for our 6 Top Pressure Cookers. If you do not own one, I encourage you to consider using one of these appliances and to make it apart of your frugal lifestyle.