As anyone who has slaved over a stove knows, cooking can be hot work. When you're preparing a meal and it's sweltering outside, here are a few tips to keep your home cool:
1. Keep the door between your kitchen and the rest of the house closed.
2. If you use an air conditioner, keep the windows closed too. If not, open your kitchen windows for ventilation.
3. Limit the time ovens are on. In other words, be ready to cook when you preheat the oven!
4. Limit the number of times you open the oven door, and close it as soon as possible. Every time you open your oven you lose 25 to 50 degrees, which not only requires more energy to reheat, but means all that hot air is moving into your living space!
5. Save baking and other major culinary undertakings for cooler times, such as mornings, evenings.... and fall.
6. Whenever possible, cook multiple dishes at once, or in immediate succession. Heating the oven uses more than 90% of the energy used in a typical cooking session, while actually cooking food is less than 10%!
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