Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, a delicious feast. During the festivities, however, it’s easy to overlook the impact our holiday celebrations have on your electricity bill. With increased cooking, lighting, and guests shuffling in and out of the front door, energy consumption tends to spike during Thanksgiving. By incorporating a few simple practices into our holiday traditions, you can enjoy the holidays stress-free all while lowering your electricity bill!
Lighting accounts for a significant portion of household energy consumption. If you haven’t already, make the switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, in the main areas of your home. If your holiday events are during the day, take advantage of natural sunlight by opening curtains and blinds. This will reduce the need for artificial lighting, saving energy and creating a brighter, more cheerful atmosphere.
Cooking is one of the most energy-intensive activities during Thanksgiving. To conserve energy, consider using smaller appliances like microwaves and crockpots whenever possible. These appliances consume less energy than ovens and stovetops, and they can cook many Thanksgiving dishes effectively.
For traditional roasted turkey, when using the oven, plan your cooking schedule to minimize preheating time. If you’re preparing multiple dishes, try to cook them at the same temperature to reduce the need for multiple preheating cycles. Additionally, consider using a convection oven, which cooks food more efficiently and evenly, reducing cooking time and energy consumption.
And if you really want to maximize savings at your home, specifically, encourage family and friends to join in energy-saving efforts. Assign tasks like turning off lights, unplugging electronics, and using water efficiently. If they also have 4Change Energy (which they should because you’ve taken advantage of our $50 referral rewards program) have dishes prepared at their homes prior to arriving at your Thanksgiving party.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy savings year-round with 4Change Energy!
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