Feast For Savings This Thanksgiving

November 17, 2023

As the leaves turn and the air turns crisp, families across the country gather for an American traditional Thanksgiving feast. As this holiday is a time to show gratitude and blessings, it’s also an opportunity to be mindful of your energy consumption in the kitchen. As you prepare to host or attend a Thanksgiving gathering, consider these four energy-saving tips from Union Power to make your celebration delightful and sufficient in savings.

1 Keep your Oven Clean
A clean oven is ideal because it transfers heat evenly and saves energy. Regularly cleaning your oven will save your physical energy since it’s much easier to clean a slightly dirty oven than a filthy one. If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it on immediately after baking. With your oven already heated, you’ll use less energy to heat the oven to the cleaning temperature.

2 Choose the Right Appliances
Consider using smaller appliances, like slow cookers, toaster ovens, and convection ovens, which are more energy-efficient than a large stove or oven. Microwaves are also a great source for cooking side dishes and quick tasks.

3 Thaw and Plan Ahead
For any frozen item for Thanksgiving, plan ahead and thaw it out in the refrigerator in advance, which is energy-efficient and safer than thawing frozen food at room temperature.

4 Store Smartly
Prepare those delicious meals in a glass dish since they can go from the fridge to the microwave, reducing the need for extra dishes. Allow leftovers to cool before putting them in the refrigerator. Hot foods make your fridge work harder.
By incorporating these energy-saving tips into your Thanksgiving cooking routine, you’ll do your part to make the holiday a little greener and potentially put some money back in your pocket.