Cookin’ with Kilowatts Recipe Contest accepting submissions

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kids and adult contest rewards customers for conserving electricity while cooking

Seattle City Light is launching the Second Annual Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest, which aims to raise residential customer awareness of energy consumption and its environmental impact. Kids and adults are invited to send in their recipe submissions to

Every contestant who submits a recipe using a more energy-efficient method of cooking will receive a thank you gift including a pot holder and chef’s hat. Contest submissions are accepted from July 1 – October 3, 2014.

City Light is asking customers to submit their most creative, tastiest recipes using an alternative cooking method that uses less electricity than a stovetop or oven. As you see in the chart below, a microwave uses less energy than the oven.

Electric oven
350 F
1 hour
2.0 kWh
19 ¢
Toaster oven
425 F
50 minutes
.95 kWh
9 ¢
200 F
7 hours
.7 kWh
7 ¢
Microwave oven
High setting
15 minutes
.36 kWh
3 ¢
Table from Consumer Guide to how Energy Savings
*Assumes 9.5 cents/KWh

The Cookin' with Kilowatts contest challenges adults and children in our community to think about how they can reduce their personal energy use, and thereby contribute to a healthier environment. More information can be found on the Cookin’ with Kilowatts website.

There are two categories for this year’s Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest: 
  1. an Adults Contest open to adults as well as students in grade 9 and above, and 
  2. a Kids Contest open to children in grades K-8. 
Each will have a first, second and third place winner with prizes including $100, $150 and $250 gift cards for adults, and $75, $100 and $150 Disney gift cards for children.

The winners will be chosen from a panel of judges at a celebratory event to be held in October 2014. Each submission will be judged based on creativity, energy saved and presentation.

There is no entry fee, and all Seattle City Light customers are encouraged to apply. Bonus points are awarded to those who send photos of themselves with their dish and chef hat to this email.

For more information about the Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest, including contest rules and how to apply, visit the contest website. The 2013 contest cookbook can also be downloaded from the Cookin’ with Kilowatts website.


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