Thanksgiving dinner is a warm and welcoming time to gather with family and friends around a sumptuous meal. While you might readily invest in special food for the occasion, there’s no reason you should spend a lot to keep your Fairdale, Kentucky, home cozy and comfortable. Use these tricks to shave your holiday spending for a more affordable turkey day this year.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Adjust your thermostat settings manually for the unique conditions on Thanksgiving Day. With extra people in the house, your gathering spaces will naturally feel warmer. Your cooking activities will lend extra heat to your home, as well. Set your temperature back a few degrees, so you’re not paying for heat that’s just keeping your guests overly toasty.

Cook Dinner Wisely

Use energy-efficient cooking techniques to minimize your utility bills this Thanksgiving. Some smart tactics to use include:

  • Keeping the oven door closed for the turkey’s entire cook time
  • Cleaning the reflectors under your burners to amplify heat
  • Placing pans on properly sized burners, so there’s no heat loss around the edges
  • Keeping a lid on pots and pans to retain heat
  • Using the microwave instead of the oven when possible

If you’re thinking about an appliance upgrade, now is the perfect time to invest in an Energy-Star-certified oven or cooktop – you can break it in on one of the biggest dinners of the year!

Keep Your Home Well-Maintained

Properly maintained systems always operate more efficiently. Make sure you’re up-to-date with your HVAC maintenance, so your furnace is delivering peak performance. You should have a tuneup every year. This will keep your heating system’s key components clean and properly adjusted. Pop in a fresh filter before Thanksgiving to give your guests the cleanest air possible.

If you’re overdue for a maintenance visit, contact One Choice Mechanical, LLC at 502-242-8204. We’ll help you with all your essential heating needs so you can keep your home as efficient and comfortable as possible this holiday season.