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7 Ways to Save Energy During Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s that time of year, which means it’s time to fire up the oven, turn on the burners, and get to cooking that Thanksgiving dinner. It also means that you’ll be using a lot of energy to cook your meal. Follow these easy tips from our HVAC service experts to reduce your energy consumption while you make your delicious family dinner:

 1. Keep the oven door closed.

We know you want to see how your turkey is doing, but when you open the oven door, you let out heat. Your oven then has to work harder to get back that heat, so it will use more energy than it should.

2. Use the right burners.

Your oven has different sized burners for a reason – use the larger burners for larger pots and the smaller burners for smaller pots. When you use a large burner for a small pot , you end up wasting energy.

3. Bake several things at once.

By baking your mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie all at once, you’ll cut down on the amount of time that your oven is on.

4. Use glass.

When you bake your casseroles, use a glass pan instead of a metal one. With glass, you can lower the temperature of your oven by about 25 degrees and still bake it in the same amount of time.

5. Turn down your thermostat.

Your oven and stove top will give off heat (and so will the people in your home), so decrease your thermostat a few degrees to save energy.

6. Use your microwave.

If you find that some of your Thanksgiving dishes can be cooked in the microwave, use it. Microwaves use much less energy than an oven and can cook things in less time.

7. Fill up your dishwasher.

Instead of hand-washing your dishes, use your dishwasher to save water. Also, instead of using water to rinse all of your plates, scrape the food off of them before loading them into the dishwasher.