Today we’re here to share some Thanksgiving energy efficiency tips to help you save on your energy bills. We will also give you some safety tips to make sure everyone at your home, including visiting family and friends, is safe and sound this holiday season.
Energy Saving Tips
First off here are some ways to save energy on turkey day. Let’s start by lowering your thermostat a few degrees. While cooking, your oven will generate heat that could be used to your home.
You can also turn on your ceiling fan so it moves air upward distributing heat throughout the room. But don’t operate ceiling fans in empty rooms to save electricity.
In the kitchen plan side dishes that can cook simultaneously with the turkey. You’ll reduce the amount of time the oven has to be running.
Also check the refrigerator and freezer doors to make sure they seal tightly. This keeps the cool air in and the warm air out. To perform a test, close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill (you will place the bill between the door and rubber gasket). If you can slip the bill out easily or if it falls out on its own, the door needs adjusting or the gasket needs replacing.
And finally, when possible, use the microwave instead of your regular oven. Microwaves draw less than half the power of a regular oven and they cook for a much shorter period of time.
Here are a few tips on staying safe this holiday season. With everything going on at your house stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food and to keep children at least three feet away from the stove.
Also make sure the cords from electrical appliances aren’t dangling off the counters within easy reach of children. And always unplug your appliances when they’re not in use. This will help you save energy and keep your family safe.
Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and make sure your family knows how to use it. It might be a good idea to write down the simple operating instructions and keep them close to the extinguisher. This way, you won’t have to go through reading the fine print if there’s an emergency.
We hope these tips help you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from your friends at US Power and Light.