Gexa Energy Learning Center

Three Ways To Make Your Thanksgiving More Energy Efficient

  • If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen…partially!
    • Consider using a grill or smoker to cook your turkey.
    • Resist the urge of checking your food while it cooks.
    • Don’t make your refrigerator work harder. Allow leftover hot foods to cool before putting them in the fridge.
    • Clean your oven! Not only is it hygienic but a dirtier oven uses more energy and takes longer to cook.
    • Don’t buy a turkey bigger than you need. The smaller the bird, the faster it cooks.
  • The Hostess with the mostess!
    • Fight the drafts! Consider weather-stripping your home on all windows and doors to prevent any air leaks.
    • Set the mood for dinner with a candle and LED lighting.
    • Use coolers and beverage cooling tubs stocked with ice to prevent the opening and closing of your refrigerator.
    • Turn down the thermostat! Your oven and your guests should help warm the house enough.
  • Clean-up Time!
    • Don’t wash dishes by hand. An ENERGY STAR-certified dishwasher is proven to use less than half as much energy and water.
    • Scrape plates instead of rinsing them with water before placing them in the dishwasher. This will help reduce the wash time.
    • Unplug all unused cooking tools. If you’re done with them, it’s time to pull the plug.