Here’s something to be thankful this holiday season. Those priceless memories created around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends come this year with the lowest cooking costs for Consumers Energy natural gas customers in a decade. The natural gas energy it takes to cook a meal for 12 guests: 54 cents. BLOG: Natural gas costs lower this winter in Michigan.
The cooking costs break down:
- Roast stuffed turkey: 34 cents.
- Large pan of mashed potatoes cooked for 20 minutes: about 3 cents.
- Giblet gravy cooked on the stove for 10 minutes: less than 1 cent.
- Homemade dinner rolls baked for 30 minutes: 4 cents.
- Vegetable casserole: 4 cents.
- Two baked pumpkin pies: 8 cents.
Consumers Energy offers these tips to get even more energy value while cooking:
- Use glass and ceramic dishes. They hold heat well and allow you to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
- Keep the oven door closed. The temperature drops 25-75 degrees each time the oven door is opened, so monitor cooking time and peek through the oven window, if possible, to check on your food.
- Use your microwave for defrosting and cooking small portions.
- Plan to bake more than one dish or cook an entire meal in the oven to save energy.
- Using roasting bags reduces cooking time in the oven by nearly one-half.
We’re working hard to lower costs for our customers as part of our Promise to Michigan to provide affordable and reliable service. We know that many family budgets are tight these days and every savings helps out.