Consumers Energy Customers Get A Good Value From The Energy Needed To Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

  Consumers Energy Customers Get A Good Value From The Energy Needed To Cook
                             Thanksgiving Dinner

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JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 20, 2012

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sharing a Thanksgiving feast
with friends or family can create priceless memories. Consumers Energy reminds
customers this holiday season of the energy value it provides. The energy cost
of preparing the entire meal ranges from 59 cents with natural gas to $1.57
with electricity.

The costs to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 12 guests break down as

  oRoast stuffed turkey in an electric oven: 97 cents; in a gas oven 37
  oLarge pan of mashed potatoes cooked for 20 minutes: about 5 cents.
  oGiblet gravy cooked on the stove for 10 minutes: about 2 cents.
  oHomemade dinner rolls baked for 30 minutes: 12 cents with electricity or 5
    cents with natural gas.
  oRe-heating pre-baked rolls in the microwave oven: less than half a cent.
  oVegetable baked in casserole in an electric oven for 30 minutes: 8 cents.
  oTwo pumpkin pies baked in an electric oven: 24 cents; with natural gas 9
  oGlass and ceramic dishes hold heat better and allow you to lower the oven
    temperature by 25 degrees.
  oThe oven temperature drops 25-75 degrees each time the oven door is
    opened, so monitor cooking time and peek through the oven window, if
    possible, to check on your food.

While dinner is cooking, holiday guests may gather around the television to
watch a parade or football game. The cost of electricity to power a standard
TV for four hours is 13 cents.A plasma TV uses four times more energy than a
standard TV and will cost 52 cents.

"Our promise at Consumers Energy is to work hard every day to add value for
our customers," said Dan Malone, senior vice president of distribution and
customer operations. "We feel truly blessed to be part of so many Michigan
families' celebrations during the holidays as their provider of safe, reliable
and affordable energy."

Additionally, the utility offers several strategies to keep energy costs down
during the holiday season:

  oUse your microwave for defrosting and cooking small portions.
  oPlan to bake more than one dish or cook an entire meal in the oven to save
  oUsing roasting bags reduces cooking time in the oven by nearly one-half.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas
and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68
Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

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