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Tip: let your oven heat your house

 (Megan Cooley / The Spokesman-Review)
(Megan Cooley / The Spokesman-Review)

I can't remember where I saw this tip, but as someone who is always cold (and always battling my husband over the thermostat), I think it's a good one.

After baking something in your oven, instead of letting the oven cool down on its own with the door shut, keep the door open and let that warmth fill your kitchen. I just baked a pizza at 425 degrees and there's no way I'm going to let that amount of coziness escape out the vents.

Of course, don't do this if you have children or pets roaming about. Wait until nighty-night time.

P.S. Please forgive the dirty state of my oven.


Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at