Just after lunch, when I was getting ready to head to campus for an afternoon class, I dumped a bunch of veggies, lentils, water, and curry into my crockpot so that I could have a nice warm curried lentil soup waiting for me when I got home. When I arrived home I was delighted to discover that not only was my dinner ready and smelling delicious, my house was uncomfortably warm! So I cracked the skylight open, turned the fan on low, and added some coconut milk to my soup. Within a few minutes I was happily eating my soup in a house that was just the right temperature. I will remember this trick as the days get colder: the crockpot can double as a space heater in a teeny, tiny space!