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Small appliances can be the secret to summer savings

Keep cool by limiting use of major heat-generating appliances in your kitchen

Warm summer weather may not have you wishing for hot soups or a roast beef dinner, but kitchens are an energy hotspot year round. There are lots of ways that we can cut down on electricity in the kitchen this summer.

Cut down on cooking

We all know that using the oven and stove can heat up our house indirectly. Instead of using air conditioning to cool your home while cooking, choose fresh foods that require little or no cooking, like a tasty Greek salad or a fresh fruit smoothie. We can support our local food scene and our health by taking advantage of the fresh produce while it's here and readily available in the summer.

Certain cooking methods, like stir-frying, are more energy efficient than roasting or baking. If you're set on using those large appliances, why not make a large batch to reheat in small quantities later, rather than making a meal each day? And be sure not to peek in the oven: every time you open the door, up to 20 per cent of the heat from the oven is lost.

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Source:  CMHC

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