I just loaded up our Crockpot with tonight's supper and I was wondering if crockpots would be a more energy-efficient (and thus lower-cost AND more eco-friendly) way of cooking.
Survey says: YOU BET!
I found info on ConsumerReports.com and various other consumer sites. PlanetGreen.com noted that a slow-cooker uses approximately one fifteenth (1/15) of the power of a stove or oven. Now, you will run the slow-cooker for a longer period of time, but even if you are running it 3 or 4 times longer, you will still come out waaay ahead on the energy use front.
A way to cook that is easy, saves money and uses less non-renewable resources...sounds like a winner to me!