Every little bit counts when it comes to saving energy! Here's a simple tip: Turn off the stove a few minutes before your food is done cooking. When making pasta, bring a pot of water to a boil and then add pasta; turn off the heat and put a lid on top of the pot. If you add about five more minutes to the pasta cook time, you'll get perfectly cooked al dente pasta every single time and will save energy and money. And remember -- cooled pasta water is nutrient-rich water your outdoor plants will love.