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Give Thanks for Energy Savings

a grandmother and grandson cooking Thanksgiving dinner

This Thanksgiving, you can be thankful for low energy bills—whether you’re traveling to see family, or hosting a crowd at home, we’ve got tips to help you save energy, save money, and do your part to protect the planet.

  • Cook up savings: What would Thanksgiving be without food, and lots of it? Learn how easy it is to save energy while you cook—and keep your wallet as full as your belly.
    • Although it will be tempting to sneak a peek at what’s cooking in the oven, remember to keep the over door closed (and pots and pans covered) to prevent heat energy escaping. Bonus tip: use the right size pot for your stove burners to avoid wasting heat. Heat from the large burner will bypass the small pot without adding useful energy towards cooking.  
    • Whether you’re tackling the turkey, or just picking up a few side dishes, support energy efficiency by shopping for ingredients at an ENERGY STAR certified grocery store. These stores use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar grocery stores. Find a local certified grocery store near you.
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave instead of the oven—it’s the most efficient (and fastest) method of cooking.
  • Traveler Tips: Heading out of town for Thanksgiving?
    • Turn off lights and unplug electronics before leaving home.
    • Don’t heat an empty house. Use the “vacation” setting available on most thermostats to avoid high heating costs.
  • Happy Holidays: Thanksgiving is just the beginning of the holiday season! Celebrate energy efficiency all season.
    • The best gifts do great things. As you start your holiday shopping, remember to look for the ENERGY STAR and give the gift of energy savings on electronics and more. Find gift ideas here.
    • Decking the halls? Make sure to pick up a strand of ENERGY STAR certified holiday LED light strands that add flair to your home while also providing you with savings! A decorative light string that has earned the ENERGY STAR uses 75 percent less energy than an incandescent one.

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