Don't Let Energy Zombies Gobble Your Energy Usage This Thanksgiving

     Don't Let Energy Zombies Gobble Your Energy Usage This Thanksgiving

Direct Energy offers tips on how to keep energy bills low and avoid a zombie
apocalypse this holiday

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Thanksgiving is this week and before you know it, you'll be busy preparing
that big Thanksgiving meal and your family and friends will be coming over.
However, don't let energy zombies be one of your guests. Energy zombies are
lurking everywhere in your home, from your cell phone chargers to your
computer monitors and even your oven. Zombie electronics are those household
appliances and devices that mindlessly use energy and eat away at your energy
bill, even when you think they are turned off.

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When it comes to cooking a feast like Thanksgiving, electricity bills can
suffer. The average weight per turkey is 16 pounds. It is recommended to cook
a thawed, stuffed turkey of that size for at least 4-4.5 hours in an electric
oven set at 350 degrees. An electric oven set at 350 degrees for an hour uses
2 kWh of electricity. Therefore, you could be consuming roughly 8 kWh of
electricity just to cook your turkey, without including side dishes.

With all of the other additional expenses that the holidays ensue, your
monthly electricity bill shouldn't be one of them. Help combat energy zombies
in your home that gobble up unnecessary energy consumption while still
relishing in all of the food and fun during the holidays. Direct Energy offers
the following tips for carving down your kWh usage this Thanksgiving:

  oDuring the hustle and bustle of the day, don't forget to turn off the oven
    when you're done cooking and don't leave it on longer than it has to be.
    Use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
  oCook with a snug-fitting lid on your pans. This helps to retain the heat,
    which means you can cook at a lower temperature and for a shorter period
    of time.
  oUse the microwave in place of the oven, when possible. Microwaves use less
    than half the power of a regular oven.
  oOpen your oven door only when necessary. Each time the oven door is open,
    25 to 50 degrees of heat is lost, causing your oven to work harder to
    regain that lost heat and thus, delaying the cooking process of your
    turkey.
  oConsider using the dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes because it
    uses less water.
  oWash only full loads in the dishwasher and use the air-drying setting if
    you have it. It reduces the energy use by 7 percent.
  oIf you have the oven on all day while food is also cooking on the stove,
    you can probably turn the heat down in the home a bit. The heat from your
    oven, not to mention dinner guests, should keep your home warmer than
    usual, and your furnace won't have to work as hard.
  oUse an ice chest or cooler for drinks if you're hosting a large group.
    This cuts down on wasting electricity when the refrigerator door is opened
    and closed frequently.
  oTo use your cook-top range as efficiently as possible, choose pots and
    pans that are relatively the same size as the burner you're cooking on.
    This is the best way to effectively heat up food without wasting energy.

For more energy saving tips and to see our very own energy zombies, Chunk and
Rita Shambles, in action, visit www.youtube.com/thedirectenergy. Direct Energy
also has non-Zombie energy experts available for interview if you would like
to help them fight the energy zombie apocalypse. Watch the videos and good
luck out there.

About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related
services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial
customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and
support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative
products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the
world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S.
states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

SOURCE Direct Energy

Website: http://www.directenergy.com
Contact: Julie Hendry, Direct Energy,+1-412-667-6133,
Julie.Hendry@directenergy.com