Art history major here, so I’d be curious what HO sciency types have to say as to whether there are ways to optimize the amount of home heating you get from residual stovetop and oven heat.
When I shut off a burner on the stove, I put a covered pot of water onto it. In warm weather, once the water heats up and the burner is cooler, I’ll use the water in my dishpan. In winter, is it better to stick with the pot of water, so that there’s a slowly-cooling mass, or to leave the burner uncovered?
With the oven, I do the same thing in warm weather, using the hot water for washing up. The oven door stays closed while the pot heats up. In winter, is it more efficient to leave the oven door open (a little? fully?) Or would the heat that would slowly seep into the kitchen with the oven door closed keep the house warm for a longer time?
Obviously, there would be no sudden temp increase inside the home if the door stays shut. Just wondering if the all-at-once heat release dissipates faster than a slow release.