Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Northeast, which could mean power outages for hundreds of thousands of people this weekend. For the rest of the country, the oppressive heat means the air conditioning is running non-stop, giving the power grid a workout.

Food blogger Robin Schreeves says one way to conserve energy under either circumstance is to serve a meal that doesn't require an oven. The added bonus: you won’t heat up the kitchen.

Here are some no-cook meal ideas to try:

Got more ideas? Share them in the comments section below. 

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