Energy Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

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Energy Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one week away and before enjoying your Thanksgiving feast, Missouri’s Division of Energy would like to offer 15 energy-saving tips to save money and energy this holiday season.

Meal Prep:

  • Plan to cook side dishes in the oven alongside the main course. This will save energy and time.
  • It is not necessary to preheat your oven when slow-roasting a turkey (or any kind of meat) for several hours. Let the bird warm up slowly with the oven.
  • Do not stuff the turkey before cooking. Cooking a turkey with dressing takes more time, so cook the turkey and dressing separately.

Cooking the Meal:

  • Try lowering the thermostat in your home. The heat from your oven will warm the house.
  • Use your oven’s convection setting when possible – it will cook the food evenly and use less heat.
  • Cook with a slow cooker (or microwave), whenever possible, a slow cooker uses less energy than an oven.

After the Meal:

  • Let the leftover food cool before placing in the refrigerator. Putting hot or warm dishes into the fridge causes the refrigerator to work harder to cool the food.
  • After the meal, scrape plates instead of rinsing them with hot water. This will get the dishes clean without a pre-rinse.
  • If possible, skip hand-washing dishes – a dishwasher uses less water.

Expecting Guests?

  • Do not buy a turkey bigger than the group that will be partaking in the feast. A smaller turkey takes less time to cook.
  • If guests are expected, lower the thermostat a few degrees before they arrive. A large gathering will generate heat.
  • If possible, install automatic lights for when a room is unoccupied.

Leaving Town?

  • Set your thermostat to a lower setting when leaving for the holidays.
  • Set your lights on a timer. Setting a timer will not only help you save energy but the timer will also ensure your home does not look unoccupied while you are away.
  • Lower the blinds and close the curtains. Doing this will keep heat from escaping.

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