Saving Energy During Thanksgiving

by Donny on November 18, 2011

Let’s face it, as much as we love the holidays, they can be very stressful. You have relatives coming in from out of town and you want to make sure the house is clean the rooms are ready and there’s plenty of food and beverage. You want to do whatever it takes to make sure everybody is comfortable and you don’t need the stress of worrying about a high electricity bill on top of all that.

Whether or not you realize it, Thanksgiving doesn’t exactly help save money on your energy bill. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

According to the National Turkey Federation, about 46 million turkeys were consumed last year and the average weight for those turkeys was about 16 pounds. It’s been highly recommended to cook the turkey thawed and a stuffed turkey about 16 pounds can take nearly five hours to cook at 350 degrees in an electric oven. This will potentially use about 2 kilowatts per hour. Think about that, that’s anywhere from 8 KWH of energy just for the turkey itself, and there are still pies to be made.

Having said that, the following are some tips to help give you the cheapest electricity bill possible during Turkey Day:

• Consider other ways to cook a turkey. For the last several years, my family has deep fried the turkey. We own a propane-powered-deep friar made specifically for turkey, and when it’s done, it tastes awesome. If you go this route, be sure to take it outside when deep-frying it.

• If you saw our post entitled, “The Opposite” you would have noticed a video talking about switching the direction of your ceiling fan during the winter. Make sure it’s going clockwise to get the proper air flow in the house. This will also spread the heat around from the kitchen into other rooms, make the house smell fantastic and make it so you don’t have to run the heat on full blast. Talk about killing several birds with one stone.

• Limit the use of your oven, not just with your turkey but other side dishes as well. There will some things you’ll need the oven for, but when you can, use the microwave instead.

• Limit the use of the refrigerator. An alternative might just be to use a cooler or ice chest for drinks because constantly opening and closing the fridge can waste energy.

• Like any other time, turn off lights and fans in rooms you’re not using.

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