Don’t Let Your Energy Bill Gobble on Thanksgiving

Posted On: November 20, 2017

With Thanksgiving this week, there are a few things that are probably prominently on your mind: family, thanks, food. It would be fair to assume that saving energy isn’t as heavily considered as saving leftovers… but they should go hand in hand. While we’ve posted a good several helpful guides on saving energy (such as fighting phantom drain and bundling up your home for warmth), here are a few extra tips to keep in mind come turkey time.

Ambiance – A well-known component of fine dining experiences, it can also be employed to save on your electric bill. Use natural light during the day and dim your lights during the evening to both enhance the experience and cut costs. You can also afford to lower your thermostat a few degrees, as the body heat of all your relatives (plus the heat from the kitchen) will warm your home.

The Right Turkey for the Job – Avoid an excessive sized turkey. There are several good reasons for this: a smaller sized turkey takes less time to cook, and therefore less energy. And with a smaller size, that clears up space in your oven for dishes that can be cooked simultaneously, which also means less energy used.

PRO TIP – It takes longer to cook a turkey when it is stuffed with dressing. Cook the dressing separate to reduce energy usage (counter-intuitive, we know).

Post-Feast Approach – Scrape plates instead of rinsing them with hot water, and then use your dishwasher. A dishwasher saves water and energy, and an ENERGY STAR-certified dishwasher will actually use less than half the energy that washing by hand does.

The Second Fridge Conundrum – Many homes store their leftovers in a second fridge, usually located in a garage. This can create a bit of a predicament for either extreme climate. A cold climate comes with the chance of frozen food melting and spoiling (Fun fact: if the garage is 42 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, the temperature sensor in the fridge will fail to activate the compressor). And with a warm climate, the fridge has to work overtime to keep the leftovers cold within a hot garage (a decent drain on your bill). Your best option? Moving the second fridge to a basement or somewhere else within the house that is insulated. 

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