Easter is here and that means it’s time to gather with your family and friends for fellowship and food! Hosting a family gathering is a great time for social activities and to make memories, but using your home can also put a strain on your utilities.
Thankfully, with more comfortable weather you can easily save energy by turning down your thermostat and opening the windows to let in fresh spring air.
However, one of the biggest utility bill increases during social events can come from appliances in your kitchen. That’s why we have come up with energy efficient cooking tips to make your Easter happier and greener!
Smart Energy Efficient Ways to Cook
1. Use a Slow Cooker
Slow cookers, like crockpots, are great ways to cook with low energy usage. Because they cook your food slowly at a low temperature, slow cookers have a lower wattage. Slow cook a ham for a delicious tender entrée!
2. Choose Items That Need Little to No Energy
Items such as vegetables and salads need little to no energy to make. Just buy the produce, throw it all together and you’re good to go without needing any electricity from a stove or microwave.
Using a natural gas grill to cook food is another great way to save on your energy bill. Since you don’t need to connect to any electricity, grilling chicken, burgers, asparagus, corn or other items is a smart and delicious way to save energy.
4. Dishwashing vs. Handwashing
Depending on your dishwasher, using it instead of handwashing might save on your water bill. Check how many gallons your dishwasher uses to decide whether you should hand wash dishes. Typically, newer dishwashers use less water than your handwashing efforts.
5. Correct Food Storage
Since you may prepare some dishes before your Easter gathering, storing your food in an energy saving way is both helpful and easy. Make sure your refrigerator doors are always shut tight to lock in all of the cold air. Also, check to make sure your refrigerator is on the proper temperature setting.
Use these tips to save energy as you celebrate the holiday with friends and family! You can also enjoy my delicious fruit salad recipe, which takes almost no energy to prep and store.
Energy Efficient Fruit Salad Recipe
Check out this sweet and mouthwatering fruit salad that uses zero electricity to make and minimal energy for storage if you set your refrigerator temperature properly!
- 1 can of pineapple chunks
- 1 cup mandarin oranges
- 1 cup apple slices
- 1 cup grapes
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 ½ cups whipped topping
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows (Use assorted colors for a fun Easter kick!)
Steps:1. In a large serving bowl, pour in all of the fruit and pecans and mix.
2. Next, add in the whipped topping and marshmallows. Mix in with the fruit.
3. Refrigerate until serving
4. Serve it up in a large colorful bowl or saucer for style!
I hope you enjoy your Easter holiday with your friends and family and even try my easy fruit salad recipe. Save money and time by being energy efficient as you cook up dishes in the kitchen this year!
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