Avoid an Energy Spike at Thanksgiving

It’s not unusual for home energy bills to spike around the holidays. Don’t let it happen this Thanksgiving.

  1. Right-size your turkey. Buy a bird that’s just big enough to feed your family. Smaller turkeys cook quicker—which saves energy.
  2. Don’t pre-heat your oven. It’s not necessary for a turkey, which is going to roast for several hours.
  3. Make the dressing on the stovetop. Roasting a stuffed turkey takes longer.
  4. If you’re baking side dishes, put them all in the oven at the same time—if their baking temperatures are similar.
  5. 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.