Prepping your Thanksgiving meal can be a lot of work, but taking a few minutes to think about your energy use can lead to savings. Here are a few simple tips to keep energy use down — and your home safe — while planning your Thanksgiving feast.
- Plan side dishes that fit in the oven with your turkey — and resist opening the oven doors until you have to.
- Prepare mashed potatoes, or other side dishes, in an electric pressure cooker. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use, and keep children away from the pressure valve.
- Match your pots and pans to the right-size burners so you don’t waste heat.
- Limit trips to the fridge — keeping the doors closed saves energy. For large groups, consider storing drinks in a cooler for fewer trips to the fridge.
- Decorate your table with LED flameless candles, instead of traditional candles, to reduce the risk of fire.
- Don’t overload outlets, and inspect cords before starting up your appliances, especially if you haven’t used them in a while.
- Ensure any appliances near water (e.g., kitchen sinks) are plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected outlets.
And if you’re hosting, remember to turn down the thermostat as warm bodies and warm ovens provide extra heat.
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