Thank goodness just for the simple things – like electricity and heat – this Thanksgiving. According to Scientific American, somewhere around 25% of the world doesn’t have access to electricity. And in 14 countries, less than 10% of the entire population has electricity.
Really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?
Back here in the US, it’s not so much the access. And it’s not the cost, either – electricity’s cheap. But, you have so many bills, and you have to save where you can. And you can do things right now to save on your electric bills.
So here’s how you can make that happen this Thanksgiving:
- Turn Down the Thermostat a Couple Degrees
More bodies means more heat generated. So you can turn down the thermostat a little without sacrificing any comfort for everyone.
- Let Food Cool Before Putting it in Your Fridge or Freezer
Your food will release that heat once you put it in the fridge or freezer. And that forces both to work harder. Plus, there’s other vapors in your food that make life more difficult for the fridge and freezer.
Let your food cool off as much as possible before putting it away for the day.
- Tell Your Guests to Bundle up And Wear Their Coats, Hats, and Gloves!
We’re kidding on this one! Had to see if you were paying attention.
Seriously, though, wear long and warm shirts and pants. You may be able to notch off another couple degrees from the thermostat.
- Use Your Microwave Instead of the Oven
Okay, so we’re not referring to microwaving your turkey. You’d be in for a family get-together akin to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
But, where possible, do use your microwave to cook instead. It draws half the power of your oven when in use, and it takes less time to cook.
- Got a Second Refrigerator? Move It To Your Basement!
With this one, you’re getting a double-whammy. When it’s cold out, frozen foods can melt because the temperature sensor only activates at 42 degrees or higher. And if it’s warm out, the refrigerator has to work harder to keep things cold.
Your basement has a more constant, and cool temperature. Stick the refrigerator down there by its lonely self. You won’t hurt its feelings!
- Careful When You Let Your Oven Self-Clean
If it has this feature, don’t use it unless it needs a major cleaning. Use a damp cloth to take care of minor cleaning tasks.
And if you do have to use the self-clean feature, do it right after cooking (if possible) or later at night when electricity use is lowest.
Enjoy the savings…and hey…make sure they help you host a great Thanksgiving!