Celebrate an Energy-Efficient Holiday Season

Electricity use in the average Walton EMC customer-owner home typically rises during the holiday season.

inside of electric oven with glowing elementCooler temperatures, lights staying on longer and more people at home contribute to the spike. However, an oven working non-stop to prepare festive meals gobbles much of the extra holiday power.

Celebrate an energy-efficient holiday season by using these watt-cutting tips for the kitchen.

  • Prepare before preheating. Do food washing, slicing and final prep before turning on burners or preheating the oven. An empty hot burner or oven wastes energy.
  • Keep the oven door closed. Opening the door to check on the turkey can set the temperature back 25 degrees.
  • Use the right burners. According to energy.gov, if you put a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner, more than 40 percent of your heat is wasted.
  • Bake several things at once to cut down on the time your oven is on. Stagger dishes on upper and lower foil-free racks to allow the oven to run more efficiently.
  • Use ceramic or glass pans. You can turn down the oven’s temperature by up to 25 degrees and get the same results.
  • Choose cooking alternatives. Cook smaller dishes in a microwave or toaster oven and save up to two-thirds the electricity needed to operate a full-size oven.
  • Run the dishwasher. According to energy.gov, a dishwasher uses less than half the energy compared to hand washing, which uses much more hot water.
  • Let leftovers cool before refrigerating so the appliance won’t have to work harder.