According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space heating accounted for 63% of natural gas consumed in U.S. homes in 2009. Whether you’re using natural gas, propane, firewood, or other methods for heating your home this winter, it can be a heavy hit on your pocketbook and the environment.
The more efficient we can be in heating our homes, the better.
One incredibly simple thing you can do, says Jennifer Margulis? Make the most of your oven’s heat by placing several fire bricks inside when you bake. The fire bricks will absorb the heat from the oven and once dinner’s done, they’ll continue to emanate heat long after your oven is off. If you don’t have fire bricks handy, you can still capture some of that heat by placing a baking stone or piece of cast iron cookware inside the oven while you bake.
Once you’re done cooking, prop your oven door open to allow the heat to escape. Of course, you’ll want to use extreme caution with this method if you have young children in the house.
Firebricks are more expensive than regular red bricks, but they go for less than $5 in most locations. Not a bad expenditure for lowering your fuel and energy consumption.