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Missouri Gas Energy Offers Ways to Save Time and Energy When Cooking This Holiday Season

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Missouri Gas Energy Offers Ways to Save Time and Energy This Holiday Season

KANSAS CITY (November 21, 2013) ? With plans underway for Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends, stoves and ovens will soon be working overtime. Thankfully, when cooking with gas, you can save time and lower your energy costs with a few simple steps:

Plan Ahead:

  • Preheat - Preheat the oven only when necessary (example: baking cakes and quick breads). The broiler needs preheating only for rare steaks.
  • Thaw - Thawed foods cook faster. Keep this in mind when cooking your turkey.
  • Multi-task - When possible, bake several dishes at the same temperature.

Helpful Hints:

  • Uncover - Keep oven air passages clear. Blocking them with aluminum foil or oven liners can cause poor air flow and uneven baking.
  • Cleanse - Clean burner tips to provide more efficient heat while saving energy. Use soap and water to clean them and always look for a nice blue flame.
  • Examine - On stovetop burners use the smallest flame possible. The flame should never exceed the pan’s width.
  • Boil - Water boils faster in covered pans. Add a lid and save time.
  • Minimize - Cook vegetables in small amounts of water. Avoid overcooking, which reduces nutritional value.
  • Conserve - Each time you open the oven it loses about 20 percent of its heat. Save energy by keeping the oven door closed while cooking to prevent heat loss.

Saving energy in the kitchen this holiday season will make you thankful for lower energy bills well into the new year. For more ways to make your home more energy efficient, visit www.betterheatingnow.com.

ABOUT MISSOURI GAS ENERGY

Missouri Gas Energy has provided natural gas service to the residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area and western Missouri for nearly 150 years. Now owned by Laclede Gas Company, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE:LG), we are part of the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, delivering natural gas to more than 1.1 million customers. Missouri Gas Energy serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in 30 counties. For more information, please visit www.MissouriGasEnergy.com.

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