As Thanksgiving approaches we at Bright Energy Services would like to wish our friends, family, and business associates a very blessed and safe holiday!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While most of us have probably already planned the perfect feast, some of us are still finalizing our checklist for the holiday. As one of our biggest meals of the year, it should come as no surprise that Thanksgiving dinner calls for the most energy-hungry day for our kitchens. Bright Energy Services has assembled a list of Energy Saving Tips for you to stay energy efficient this Turkey Day!
- Turn down your thermostat a few degrees before you begin cooking. The extra heat from your kitchen appliances will compensate for your home’s furnace. Also, turn on ceiling fans to circulate air and distribute the kitchen heat throughout the house. Extra guests will also provide body heat for the dining room. An average person at rest is equivalent to a 100-watt space heater.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer running economically by keeping the doors closed as much as possible to minimize the release of cold air. It is more energy efficient to open the door a few long times than it is to open and close it several short times, so take out what you need and keep it closed. Keeping your refrigerator and freezer full can save you energy because the cold items inside will minimize temperature rises when you open the door.
- Based on your recipes, identify side dishes that you can cook in the oven at the same time as you cook your turkey. The same amount of energy will be used to maintain your desired oven temperature no matter how much is in there. Filling up empty rack space will save you time and energy!
- Don’t open the oven door to check on the cooking status. Instead, place oven thermometers in your food and look at them through the oven window. Alternatively, set up timers for each dish in the oven. Opening the oven door unnecessarily releases heat which will increase cooking time and waste energy.
- Remember to use your small appliances whenever possible. Microwaves, toaster ovens, crock-pots and slow cookers are ideal for smaller food items. Bake, broil, grill, roast, sauté, steam, and stew a variety of dishes for up to 50% less energy than what your conventional oven would use.
- A load of dishes cleaned in a dishwasher uses 35% less water than by hand washing. However, if you fill the wash and rinse basins rather than letting the water run, you’ll use half as much water as a dishwasher. If you choose to use the dishwasher, wash full loads only and stop it before the heated dry cycle. Leave the door open to air-dry your dishes.