When you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner, you’re likely not thinking about the electricity being used to make the meal happen. But the reality is that while the turkey is roasting and you’re making all the side dishes, your electric meter continues to twirl. With a home solar system, you don’t have to worry about that. Even in November, your solar panels are working to keep up with your demand – right from your rooftop.
Just How Much Power?
While every family’s Thanksgiving feast is unique, there are some commonalities that enable us to make estimates when it comes to electricity usage.
- Turkey – A typical Thanksgiving turkey takes about four hours to roast. Powering the oven at 350 degrees, you can assume that it will require 8 kWh of energy. This is equivalent to powering an office air conditioner for about 16 consecutive hours.
- Stuffing – The seasoned bread that bakes either inside or alongside the turkey requires both cooking and baking – requiring about 2kWh of energy or about enough energy to power a laptop for 45 hours.
- Mashed Potatoes – This Thanksgiving staple requires cooking and blending or 1kWh of energy. For the same amount of energy, you could make 13 pots of coffee.
- Pumpkin Pie – You’ll need about 2kWh of energy to make a delicious pie. That’s about the same amount of energy as running your refrigerator for a day and a quarter.
Consider that each Thanksgiving about 46 million turkey meals are made. That uses approximately 644 million kWh of energy. Imagine if that could be generated with solar? Well, it can be, and it starts with you.
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