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Holiday Energy Tips – Cooking

Chris Sully November 1, 2011

For most of us, the holidays bring up memories of family, friends and good food.  Preparing all of those meals can be a real workout for you, your kitchen and your electricity bill.

Consider some of these easy tips for convenience and savings.

PREPARE MEMORABLE MEALS WHILE KEEPING YOUR ELECTRICITY USAGE IN CHECK

  • Keep the oven door shut while baking your apple pie
    Each time you open the oven door, the temperature inside can drop up to 50 degrees.  Just use a timer to help you avoid the urge to peek.
  • Let your leftovers cool down Let food cool slightly before storing inside the refrigerator, so it won’t have to over compensate.
  • Match the size of the pan to the heating element More heat will get to the pan and less will be lost to the surrounding air. Believe it or not, a six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the energy.
  • Use other appliances When cooking a large meal, look beyond your oven at other appliances to save electricity. 
    • Microwaves Fast and efficient microwave ovens use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens, and they don’t heat up your kitchen.  Consider using them to warm vegetables, gravy and soups.
    • Slow Cookers They are convenient and economical.  When the days get hectic, set up a slow cooker and a pot roast or stew and be on your way.  On average, they’ll cook a whole meal for about 17 cents worth of electricity.

SET THE HOLIDAY MOOD

  • Build a fire in your fireplace Your guests will have fond memories of sharing holiday cheer by the hearth.  Just be sure to close the chimney flue when you’re done, so heated air won’t escape.
  • Fill a slow cooker with apple cider and cinnamon sticks The fragrance alone puts you in the holiday spirit, plus you’ll use less energy than if you used the stove top.
  • Lower your thermostat Are you expecting a lot of visitors?  A crowd can quickly heat up the room, so adjust accordingly.
  • Light candles Reduce your lighting load and create a warm holiday ambience by lighting candles in your family gathering areas and guest bathroom.  Be sure to select mildly scented candles that won’t overpower your simmering cider.

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