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11/18/2011 Contact: 850-413-6482

Save Energy While Savoring Thanksgiving

TALLAHASSEE — Thanksgiving is a time for home cooking and family celebrations, but it can mean a spike in your utility bill with your oven and dishwasher running in high gear, your refrigerator and freezer doors constantly being opened and shut, and your thermostat frequently adjusted to suit the comfort of visiting guests and family.

Try some of these suggestions to minimize holiday energy costs.

  • Don’t open the oven door, even if you’re curious how the bird looks. Simply turn on the oven light and check the bird’s status through the oven window.
  • Double-up and cook several food dishes at a time, leaving enough room for the heat to circulate around the cookware.
  • Turn off oven heat several minutes before your food is fully cooked, because enough heat will be stored inside to finish cooking your meal.
  • Turn your oven temperature down 25 degrees when using glass or ceramic pans.
  • Use your microwave, when possible, because it uses 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens.
  • Fire up the outdoor grill, so you don’t do all your cooking in the kitchen.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible, so cold air doesn’t escape.
  • Wash full loads only and use energy-saving cycles when using your dishwasher.
  • Don’t let the hot water run continuously if you’re washing dishes by hand.
  • Control your thermostat!

Managing family gatherings and your utility bill shouldn’t only happen at Thanksgiving!  Practicing the energy-saving tips year round can save you a little on your utility bill, and you’ll have plenty of good news to share with the family when you finally carve the turkey.

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