Keep Your Kitchen Cool in the Summertime

A tip from my mom.

When using an electric stove, the burner remains hot for several minutes after it’s turned off.  To save money, simply turn the burner off a few minutes early and it will continue to cook. To avoid additional heat warming your kitchen when the pan is removed, simply put your tea kettle on the burner to absorb the remaining heat.

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  1. Good tip Toni, and I’ve adjusted the thermostat from 76-78 in our house after our latest electric bill of 390.00 just can’t give them our money like that.

  2. Mommies are so wise! 🙂

  3. I do this all the time and it does help. (And our thermostat is at 79 or 80, depending on humidity levels.)

  4. I’m not a fan of the microwave but we have a glass stove top that takes what seems like a bazillion years to boil water on so I fill two large, glass measuring cups with water and bring it to a boil in the microwave first and then add it to a slightly preheated pan. It might not save time over an electric stove but it does for me with this stove (gotta love rentals). However, in the summer time, this can prevent a lot of excess heat and humidity.

  5. TheHappyHousewife says:

    I do that too! Great tip!
    Toni

  6. TheHappyHousewife says:

    Our bill will be close to $400 too! Ugh! We keep the upstairs at 78 and the downstairs at 79/80. Even with the thermostat at 78 in the upstairs the kids rooms get about 80 in the afternoon. Ugh! So hot!
    Toni

  7. I do this with hard-boiled eggs. I bring water to a boil, turn the stove off and then I put the my eggs in and let them set for 15 minutes. Then if you quickly rinse them in cold water they don’t get that greenish grey around the yolk.
    I recently wrote a post about a few things you can do to decrease utility costs and stay cool in the summer. http://secretsofmom.blogspot.com/2010/07/ways-to-save-money-on-your-utility.html

  8. Happy to have found you… Looked into Homeschooling the first day of school. Monday we start here. I was just looking for ideas to make the day more special. After a few years of HS my 4th grader is not as excited. As I was looking I found you and I love it here. Plan to come back soon. Blessings Catherine

  9. DgsandBjsMom says:

    Wow that is crazy. Our largest bill ever was $250. We keep our house 75 degrees and run a dehumidifier 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We also have faux wood blinds on our windows and curtains which pretty much stay pulled if the sun is up. This includes my husband using all his power tools and cooling his 240 square foot work room in addition to the house.

  10. Stacy Lee says:

    I know summer is a few months away, however one of our favorites is “porch cooking.” We don’t have a BBQ, so I cook in our crockpot but I cook it on the deck. All the heat is outside, keeping the house cooler!!! All you need is a small table and a plug-in!!

  11. PS the microwave uses 70% less energy!!!

  12. I do that too – for the stove top AND for the oven. I find that turning off the oven 5 minutes before the buzzer goes off still gives me great results! Cheers!

  13. When we lived in a house without an a/c you quickly learn some tricks (usually by accident) to keep things cool. First cover EVERY window as much as possible. Yes your house will look like its night inside but it will be MUCH cooler! Its amazing how much even just a little sun will heat up a house. Our other major find was to cool the house down dramatically at night. We even got to the point where we could cool it down to 73 or 74 degrees because with all the windows covered and it already being cooler at night its cheaper and easier to cool the house down a lot more at night. The next day it will take longer for your house to heat up and your a/c won’t have to turn on so much.

  14. I do this too! I also cook a lot on the grill. One year when my DH was in Iraq my oven went out(not the stove just oven). I got so good cooking on the grill that I even made the kids birthday cakes in November and the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving on the grill. Pumpkin pies were my contribution to the group meal.
    I still use the grill all year but I have a working oven again.

  15. Heather… I put the eggs in the cold water, bring it to a boil (as soon as the first medium size bubble surfaces), cover it and remove from the heat…wait 17 minutes….Perfect Eggs, Perfect Color. Every Time. (my Dad made them like that).

  16. We run ours at 80 and keep the ceiling fans running. The fans help to make things feel cooler. close any curtains that you can to keep the sun out. Grill…you can cook a whole meal on a grill. I have even had grill chocolate chip cookies! Yummy!

  17. Our basement is always cool so i tilt a box fan at the bottom of the stairs and keep it on low. I also keep the furnace fan on (without the air on) It makes an incredible difference. I usually don’t have to turn on the AC till around 3 in the afternoon!

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