Recipes for Energy Efficiency this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving happening this week, we found ourselves wondering what the holidays mean in terms of energy consumption. It turns out that Thanksgiving does take a lot of energy — and not just yours! Between cooking meals for guests, traveling, and putting up holiday lights, Americans consume a lot of power over Thanksgiving. So we traversed the internet to find the best tips out there for keeping our costs down. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Keep that oven door shut! We know it’s hard to resist checking on how the turkey’s browning, but try doing it by turning the light on and looking through the oven window instead.
  • Turn the thermostat down. Guests produce extra body heat and help keep the house warmer!
  • Consider cooking with microwaves and crockpots when possible. These appliances are far more energy efficient for some meals than the stove or oven.
  • Cook with the lids on your pots to keep heat from escaping.
  • Match your pans to your burners. A burner that’s too big doesn’t help your food cook any faster. In fact, you lose most of that energy.
  • Replace your old holiday lights with LEDs. You won’t have to do it again soon — these guys can last up to 20 years and use up just a fraction of the energy.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s got a full load. Or even better, ask your guests to pitch in on some dishwashing. (But don’t let the hot water run! Just fill your basin with soapy water.)

These tips are useful for the holidays, but many of them can help us save energy and money all year round.

Have fun feasting with your friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving!

Have your own tips? Share them in the comments section below.