Seattle City Light LARRY WEIS, General Manager and CEO

2014 Cookin' with Kilowatts Cookbook

2013 Cookin' with Kilowatts Cookbook

There are numerous ways, large and small to conserve electricity. City Light is raising awareness about energy use, while having some fun at the same time, by putting a
spin on your most creative, tastiest recipe. Out Cookin' with Kilowatts contest challenges you to create or use a recipe that you would typically bake in an oven or
on a stovetop, and instead use an electric cooking method that uses less electricity than an oven or stovetop. For instance, as you see in the chart below, a microwave uses less energy than the oven.

And of course, these recipes have the added benefit of keeping the kitchen cooler this summer.

2014 Cookin' with Kilowatts Winners!
1st place: Matthew R. of Seattle - $250 Gift Card
Recipe: Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curried Chutney

2nd place: Rosemarie K. of Seattle - $150 Gift Card
Recipe: Rice Cooker Risotto with Ham & Peas

3rd place: Leslie B. of Seattle - $100 Gift Card
Recipe: Spanish Brown Rice with Spicy Vegan Sausage

KID CONTEST - $150 gift card
1st place: Ze Hua D.
Recipe: Congee

The kids contest is open to children in grades K-8.

Electric oven 350 F 1 hour 2.0 kWh 19 ¢
Toaster oven 425 F 50 minutes .95 kWh 9 ¢
Crockpot 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

Everyones a Winner!
The best thing about Cookin with Kilowatts is that everyone is a winner! All customers who submit a recipe using a more-energy-efficient method of cooking will receive a free City Light pot holder and chefs hat. Limit one pot holder and chefs hat per household. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Creativity and fun will be rewarded!
Each submission will be based on creativity, energy saved and presentation. Bonus points will be awarded to participants who take a photo with the chefs hat on and submit it to

Contest guideliines
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Entrants grant City Light full rights to reproduce, re-use, and distribute the recipes and winning recipes without limitation or compensation. By submission of recipe, entrant agrees to these conditions.
  • Entries must be submitted between July 1, 2014 - October 3, 2014.
  • A panel of judges selected by City Light will select the top ten finalists for both the adult and kid contests. The top three winners will be randomly selected from the top ten.
  • Finalists will be notified by email or phone call.
  • Please note: the event scheduled to prepare the top dishes and select the winners has been canceled.
City Light and Seattle Kitchens - a long history!