Easy ways to conserve energy on Thanksgiving
Easy ways to conserve energy on Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is about making delicious food and spending quality time with loved ones, but it can also be a time of high energy usage, leading to a high electric bill. With a few minor adjustments, you can save energy and help to lower your electric bill with these tips:
- Maximize your oven’s heat by keeping the door closed. Use the oven light rather than opening the door, which can lower the temperature by several degrees in just a few seconds.
- Turn the oven off a few minutes before the timer goes off. The oven will stay hot enough to finish cooking your dish.
- Use glass and ceramic dishes, which retain heat better than metal dishes and allow you to reduce your oven temperature as much as 25 degrees.
- Keep pots and pans covered on the stove to prevent heat loss.
- Microwaves, slow cookers, air fryers and other small appliances use less energy than ovens and stoves.
- Make sure leftovers completely cool before putting them in the refrigerator. Hot items can affect the refrigerator’s temperature, causing it to work harder to keep cool.
- Using a dishwasher is more energy-efficient than handwashing dishes.
- Lower your water heater use by scraping off plates into the garbage rather than sink.
- Change out incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.
Keep lights off in unused rooms. For more ways to save energy, visit energy.gov.