So you’ve signed up to cook Thanksgiving dinner and you’ve invited 12 people over to your house for the festivities. Let’s talk turkey! You may be busy thinking about your grocery list, your tableware and your extra rooms. Have you thought about your electric bill?
TXU Energy is talking turkey this Thanksgiving about energy efficiency and providing tips on cooking and feasting for the holidays.
Did you know that 46 million turkeys were consumed last Thanksgiving and the average weight per turkey was 16 pounds. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking a thawed, stuffed turkey that size for 4-4.5 hours and electric ovens set at 350º for an hour use 2 kWh, you could be consuming roughly 8 kWh of electricity just to cook your holiday bird, not including the sides. Source: The National Turkey Federation
Cooking your turkey via electric stove or gas stove
Approximately 58 percent of American households use electricity over gas for cooking. That means more than 26 million turkeys on electric ovens alone. Does your household use electric or gas ovens? — That’s around 213 million kWh of electricity and $25 million spent on electricity to roast America’s turkeys across the nation this Thanksgiving.
Tips for cutting your electricity consumption this Thanksgiving
TXU Energy offers these great tips for your holiday cooking so you don’t gobble up your holiday savings:
- Consider an alternate method of cooking your turkey, like grilling or frying it outside.
- Use your crock pot or microwave for side dishes where you can.
- If your heat is turned on, turn the thermostat back to 68 degrees or lower and enjoy the warmth of your kitchen.
- Switch the blades of your ceiling fans upwards to draw heat down into the rooms you’re using.
- Use an ice chest or cooler for drinks if you’re hosting a large group to cut down on wasting electricity when the refrigerator door is open.
- Use LED lighting if you’re decorating with holiday lights already. It’s more energy efficient.
- Leave off lights and ceiling fans in rooms you’re not using during your holiday gathering.
For more tips on conserving electricity, go to txu.com/energytips. And, for specialty items that can enhance your kitchen’s energy efficiency during the holidays and any time of year, go to onlineenergystore.com.
Disclaimer: I am an employee of TXU Energy and am not paid for this submission. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.