In a press release on the RMIT University website, Alan Pears, a sustainability expert at RMIT University in Melbourne, says: "Air fryers use half of the electricity, and you get the same result."
In an article for Renew Magazine, Alan explains why the air fryer is king in your kitchen.
"An air fryer heats up in a few minutes, much faster than a conventional oven, while drawing about two-thirds as much instantaneous power," he says.
"It also uses a combination of radiant heat, instant, and high-speed hot air circulation.
"High airflow over food dramatically increases the heat transfer rate to the food. Think about the 'chill' effect of cold, high-speed winter winds in reverse.
"Fan-forced conventional ovens use this feature to some extent, but air fryers take it to another level: The higher the airspeed, the greater the heat flow."
However, this depends on how big your air fryer is and how much energy it uses vs your oven, plus how many people you cook for. The savings will be less if you cook multiple batches in the air fryer.
BHG's top air fryer recipes
Alternatively, you can use your air fryer as a pizza oven. Here are five air fryer pizza recipes.
More electricity saving tips
Alan offers more tips to save money on your electricity.
- "Check your hour-by-hour electricity usage on your energy provider's website. You can review when you are using a lot of energy and hunt down the hiding energy waster: it could be a faulty fridge or an old TV that's been left on.
- "Place bubble wrap over your glass windows. This helps keep your home insulated from extreme temperatures outside and reduces your need to use air-con or heating. This tip might seem strange, but trust me, it works!"
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