The animation is better than the text.
Reading this article, I imagined my mom in my head beating a drum and chanting “you need the BBC to tell you what I’ve been doing all this time is right?”
Mind you, when your cooking fuel is delivered in a cylinder (India), there is a physical reminder of how much fuel you are using to cook. And electricity being expensive means you think before running an electric oven for four hours to do something the pressure cooker can do in 15 minutes, with another 15-30 mins of gas time to finish to the desired state.
Seeing this was a bit of a rude awakening. I’ve been thinking for a while how my cooking has evolved to actually be much worse in terms of energy efficiency - extended oven use, single items cooked separately on the stovetop where I could have combined half the cooking in separators in the PC and then finished each in a few more minutes on the stove, sous vide to tenderize vs pressure cooker, and so on.
It doesn’t escape me that scarcity of resources probably drives people to naturally conserve, and an abundance leads to the opposite. So much of what may now be viewed as “green” is just what people did before things were plentiful enough to waste.