The turkey is ready, the relatives are here (yes, even cranky old Uncle Gary) and football is on the TV. You’re probably ready to get your grub on with family and friends, but wait! With all the cooking, cleaning and partying that’s sure to happen, Thanksgiving can be an easy time to run up your energy bill. So remember these energy-saving tips before you sit down for your feast!
• Take advantage of the oven while you’re cooking to keep your house warm. Lower your house thermostat a few degrees.
• Cook your green bean casserole or other side dishes in the oven alongside your turkey. This will save energy and time.
• Use your microwave or slow cooker whenever possible. These small appliances use less energy than the oven.
• Cover pots with lids to retain heat. The food you’re cooking will heat up faster and stay warmer when you use lids.
• Take a break. Skip hand-washing dirty dishes and use your dishwasher. It uses less water.
And once you run off that extra helping of stuffing and head out for Black Friday shopping, don’t forget about CPS Energy’s Bring Your Own Thermostat deal, which will help you save energy all winter long. Happy Turkey Day!