Four Thanksgiving Energy-Savings Tips Can Help You Be A #SmartTurkey
NEW YORK – Controlling your energy bill this Thanksgiving will be less stressful if you learn what gobbles up the electricity in your kitchen.
Cooking accounts for 4.5% of total energy use in homes across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). If you factor the energy associated with refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing – that’s as much as 15% of the energy coming just from your kitchen. So here are some savings tips from cooking to cleaning:
Four Energy-Savings Cooking Tips
- Don’t pre-heat more than 5 – 8 minutes.
- Use the oven window to check progress.
- Cook as much of the meal as possible at the same time.
- When broiling or roasting, don’t pre-heat the oven.
Three Energy-Savings Storage Tips
- In the freezer, pack items tightly and if there’s extra space use bags of ice.
- Cover liquids in the refrigerator because uncovered items make the unit work harder.
- In the refrigerator, give items space to allow cool air to circulate.
Two Energy-Savings Cleaning Tips
- Fill it up and run the dishwasher with a full load.
- Only use pre-wash or soak settings if food is dried on or burned.
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