It’s not unusual for home energy bills to spike around the holidays. Don’t let it happen this Thanksgiving.
- Right-size your turkey. Buy a bird that’s just big enough to feed your family. Smaller turkeys cook quicker—which saves energy.
- Don’t pre-heat your oven. It’s not necessary for a turkey, which is going to roast for several hours.
- Make the dressing on the stovetop. Roasting a stuffed turkey takes longer.
- If you’re baking side dishes, put them all in the oven at the same time—if their baking temperatures are similar.
- Turn down the temperature on your home’s thermostat by a few degrees once you start cooking. Because you’ll be heating up the kitchen as you use the oven and stove, your home will be warmer than usual.