Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with family, friends or a combination of both, the holiday season marks a time to come together and create memories. Let us help you continue to power the moments that matter most by putting a little extra cash back in your pockets. Below are five tips to save energy and money when preparing your Thanksgiving meal:
- Skip preheating. Preheat the oven only when the recipe calls for it. It will save time, energy and money.
- Use glass or ceramic dishes. Use glass or ceramic pans to cook dishes that require a longer cook time. They take longer to heat up initially, but once heated, they hold heat longer than metal pans and allow you to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
- No peeking. Every time you open your oven door, it lowers the temperature by 25 degrees-which increases cook time and wastes energy. Tenting your turkey with aluminum foil will trap steam and allow you to forgo basting it. Also choosing a turkey with a pop up timer will let you know when it’s ready at a glance through your oven window. For extra food safety, double check its internal temperature with a thermometer. A whole turkey is safe to consume when it has a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
- Research recipes you can make without the oven/stovetop. While it may be challenging to not make a turkey in the oven, there are a variety of sides and desserts you can make with no heat or with smaller energy efficient appliances such as a slow cooker or electric pressure cooker.
- Give your furnace a much needed break. Take advantage of the heat generated from using the oven and hosting extra guests by dialing down the thermostat. Chances are you won’t notice a difference in the comfort of your home. You’ll typically save 1-3 percent on your heating costs for every degree you’re able to dial down.
For more energy saving tips, visit ConsumersEnergy.com/saveenergy.
From our Consumers Energy family to yours, best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.