Use Your Oven Heat to Warm Your House

After using your oven in the winter, turn it off and leave the door open so the leftover heat can spread into your home. Of course you need to keep small children away until it cools, but when it comes to conserving energy and money every little bit sure adds up.


By Patricia from Imperial, NE

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By susan 8 1,368 Flag

October 8, 2008

I do this too, plus after I use a stove burner (electric), I put my full tea kettle on it. The heat left warms the water, allowing that warmth to radiate from the kettle.

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By Gail Ledwith 1 63 Flag

October 10, 2008

I also keep the oven door open after it has been used. I remember my mother doing it many years ago.

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By Jackie 5 9 Flag

November 23, 2009

I also do this in cold months. Conversely, in warm months I seldom use my oven and opt for the grill or electric slow cooker instead.

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By terri 3 11 Flag

November 23, 2009

I have done this for quite a few years - so good to see that others think like I do!

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By abcs 4 14 Flag

November 23, 2009

Here's some other related ideas. Let your dishwasher air dry, and let that hot air out in the cool months; if you can crack the door vs. fold it all of the way out, that's much safer (in the hotter months, run it overnight!). In addition, if you have stoneware, that gets extremely hot, I found. Use a heat mitt to take those out of the dishwasher and they radiate heat like crazy.

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By That Guy 1 Flag

December 6, 2009

I hate to break it to you guys, but it doesn't matter whether you open the door to the dishwasher after dishes or to the oven after cooking. The same amount of heat has to be removed from the washer/oven either way - COE. Opening the door only speeds up the rate of heat rejection.

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