Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A Penny Saved # 4: Using Every Bit of Oven Heat
I have an apartment sized electric range. It came with the house. I realized earlier in the fall that we have a lot of single-use appliances. We have a furnace that heats water with oil and electricity. We have an oven that runs on electricity for cooking. And I'm running both at the same time! That just eats up money and resources.
So, now, when I turn the oven on to cook (which is nearly every day since I do just about all my cooking from scratch), I add firebricks and a pan of water during preheat. The bricks warm for residual heat in my cold kitchen (whoever built this house build the cabinets against the outside wall, so no insulation on the west wall), and the water I use for dishes. I'll add another pan of water during cool down, too.
Now, I'm even more determined to get a Vermont Bun Baker. Then, I could more effectively cook, heat, and warm water rather than over using all these single use appliances in my house that run on costly electric and/or oil.