Tips To Help Keep Your Electric Bill Lower This Holiday Season

Save Energy In The Kitchen This Thanksgiving

Cooking in the Kitchen

Dreamstime

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A lot of people will be will be spending a significant amount of time in the kitchen this week, preparing for Thanksgiving meals.

With that being said, a lot of energy and electricity will be used.

Dave Schrader, Public Relations Manager at NRG, joined KDKA Radio on Monday to give listeners some tips on how to save on power.

“About four and a half to five percent of all the energy you use in your home is actually consumed in your kitchen,” Schrader said.

Related: Energy Saving Tips For Winter

One way to save is to use smaller appliances whenever you can.

“You want to use smaller pots. If you can use your toaster oven or microwave, do that instead of using the oven,” Schrader tells KDKA Radio.

It is also smart to cook as many things as you can at the same time.

“It doesn’t really affect how much heat your meal is collecting and you also get three or four things done at the same time,” Schrader explains.

He also urges individuals to keep the oven door shut when something is cooking. Heat escapes when someone opens it.

“You can lose about 25 degrees of the heat every time you do that,” Schrader added.

When it comes to the dishwasher, just scrape food off of plates and bowls. They do not need to be rinsed.

“You want to make sure it’s full and you don’t have to use the heat dryer option,” said Schrader.

 

___
Follow KDKA Radio: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Listen to KDKA Radio on the Radio.com App - Download Now