When you turn on your oven to make a roast or a lasagna, it takes a significant amount of energy (gas or electric) to transform a large, cold box into a heating machine. To be as energy-efficient as possible, consider the concept of loading up the oven whenever you bake or roast something. Since the oven is getting hot, roast veggies, potatoes or even a batch of cookies in addition to your main meal. Make meals for the week and store them in reusable containers for instant lunches and dinners. And as always, never open the door to check on meals when you can use the oven light to peek inside instead.
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