Microwaves use the energy of high-frequency radio waves to heat food by making water molecules in the food vibrate. There are three reasons microwave ovens save so much energy:
- They dramatically reduce cooking time
- It uses less energy to cook the food than other appliances like a cooktop or oven
- They heat only the food, not the oven and the surroundings
Cooking with a microwave is estimated to use only one-third as much energy as other alternatives. And during the summer, you also save on air conditioning bills by not generating unnecessary heat in the kitchen. Microwave ovens come in a wide array of sizes and power levels. Some include features of a conventional oven like ability to broil and use convection cooking. These multi-function appliances save on counterspace and expand the capabilities of the chef!