PDT Staff Writer
With prices going up every year, Shane Cartmill, External Affairs Specialist with Columbia Gas of Ohio, says cooking with gas may be the one place where you will find savings this Thanksgiving.
A study shows 4 percent of all natural gas consumed on Thanksgiving is used to cook turkeys; Columbia Gas offers tips to further reduce usage and cook safely.
The folks at Columbia Gas of Ohio said they will not be able to keep family members from over eating, overstaying their welcome or mysteriously disappearing when it’s time to help with the dishes this Thanksgiving. However, the utility can help keep the stuffing in customers’ wallets.
The long-standing tradition of cooking a turkey for the Thanksgiving feast will be the cheapest for Columbia Gas of Ohio customers since November of 1999.
The 2013 November Standard Choice Offer (SCO) price for Columbia Gas customers is 47 cents per hundred cubic feet. This price is down 3 cents compared to 2012, and marks the lowest November natural gas price for consumers since 1999.
“These low gas costs are good news for Thanksgiving, a day of high natural gas consumption regardless of the weather,” Cartmill said. “A report from Barclays Capital estimates that four percent of all the natural gas consumed this day, or 2.35 million cubic feet, will be used to cook an estimated 46 million turkeys.
The Barclays analysts estimated that roasting a 20-pound turkey at 325 degrees consumes approximately 125 cubic feet of natural gas. This projection takes into account that just one-third of the birds will be cooked in a natural gas oven. While the rest will be prepared in electric ovens, some of the electricity will be generated by natural gas.
Columbia Gas offers the following tips to conserve natural gas and ensure safe preparation of the Thanksgiving feast:
- Use pots and pans with lids to help food cook more quickly
- Use the appropriate sized flame; if the gas flame is visible on the side of the pot or pan, much of the heat is being wasted
- Use the oven light and avoid opening the oven door repeatedly to check how food is cooking, as this allows heat to escape
- Avoid leaning too close to an open flame with loose clothing, a towel or dishcloth as this could cause them to catch fire
- Clean range surface burners with warm, soapy water
- As always, if customers smell natural gas at any time, they should leave the area and call Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077
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