Celebrate an Energy-Efficient Holiday Season
Cooler 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.