The Thanksgiving holiday contributes to an annual increase in energy each year. Use these tips to help stop the unwanted spike in energy bills.
- Don't buy a bigger turkey than you need. A smaller turkey uses less energy and time for cooking. It also lowers the amount of energy needed to refrigerate and then reheat leftovers.
- Baste with discretion. Opening the oven door can reduce the temperature inside by as much as 25°F, which forces the oven to work harder and use more energy.
- Turn down the thermostat a few degrees. The oven, stove, and visitors will add heat to the house.
- Microwaves and slow cookers use less energy. So, use them instead of the oven when possible.
- Help the refrigerator cool leftovers quickly, safely, and efficiently by separating them into smaller containers. Turkey can also be sliced into smaller portions.
- Save the scrubbing for the ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher. These certified dishwashers use less water and save time and energy compared to washing dishes by hand.