Small Changes to Keep Your Energy Under Control
With holiday traditions often including extra baking and entertaining, your kitchen will be getting quite the work out. Here are a few tips to keep your energy costs down:
- Keep the Oven Door Closed – Cracking the oven to check on your roasting bird causes the internal temperature to drop, which means the oven has to use more energy to stay at a constant temperature. Instead, turn on the oven light and monitor items through the window.
- Stuff the Oven – Whenever possible, put several dishes in the oven at once to cut down on the amount of cooking time throughout the day.
- Fire Up the Microwave – Many side dishes can be cooked in a microwave, which uses just a fraction of the electricity that ovens do. A slow cooker can help ease the oven’s burden as well.
- Choose the Proper Burner – Use pots and pans that are relatively the same size as the burner you’re cooking on. Large amounts of energy are lost when a small pot sits on a large burner.
Just a few simple changes can go a long way in keeping your energy costs under control this holiday season. See the insert in this month’s bill for more ways to save.