JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Ranked No. 1 among utilities nationwide in energy efficiency, Florida Power & Light Company is committed to helping customers manage the energy they use every day. In celebration of the season, FPL is issuing weekly energy efficiency tips through the end of 2009 to educate customers about ways they can save around the house during the holidays.
FPL’s Helpful Holiday Tips Part 1: Conserving While You Cook
It takes a lot of energy – both physical and electrical – to prepare meals for family and friends during the holidays. Whether you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for relatives or baking cookies for an office potluck, keep these tips in mind to minimize your electricity usage in the kitchen:
- Don’t waste energy by unnecessarily pre-heating your oven. Some foods, such as bread and desserts, require preheating, but holiday meal staples such as turkey and ham don’t.
- Keep the oven door closed. Ovens lose lots of heat when opened and require significant energy to heat back up to the appropriate temperature. Instead of opening the door to check on your food, turn on the interior light and look through the oven’s window.
- Oven-bake as many items together as you can. Although some items may cook at different temperatures, many items can be cooked at a standard temperature.
- Use smaller appliances such as crock-pots, microwaves and toaster ovens when possible. These can be much more energy-efficient for side dishes or small meals.
- Match the size of your pan to the size of the heating element. For example, when using an electric cook top, a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the heat produced by the burner.
- Choose glass or ceramic pans for the oven. These pans heat faster than metal ones and allow you to set the temperature 25 degrees lower than a recipe suggests for the same cooking time.
- When possible, cover your pots and pans. This can help cook your food more quickly and keeps the cooking temperature higher, which allows you to turn down the stove.
- Only use as much water as you need in a pot. Every extra drop requires more energy to heat and increases the cooking time.
Visit www.FPL.com to learn more about other ways you can save in your home, during the holidays and throughout the year.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with nearly 11,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are well below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and the No. 1 energy efficiency program among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.