As we all know, the festive period is approaching us quickly. I’m sure you’re all prepared with gifts for family and loved ones, as well as my favourite part of Christmas which is and always will be the food!

 

Last Christmas, the UK alone consumed a whopping 10 million turkeys!

Along with 9875 tonnes of sprouts being consumed. That’s a lot of methane into the atmosphere!

20kg is roughly the carbon footprint of a Christmas dinner! Equating to 51,000 tonnes for the UK!

But just how much energy does it take to cook the traditional Turkey?

With the average bird weighing in at around 5.5kg, it takes around 3-4 hours cooking time. Your oven will use 800 k/J of energy consumption. Putting that into perspective, this is enough power to charge the standard iPhone 540 times.

 

At Maximus Green, our main target is to reduce environmental impacts with added economic benefits. So here are a few tips to bear in mind whilst it’s hot chefs in the kitchen…

. Use glass/ceramic dishes for cooking so that you can turn your oven down by up to 25 degrees

. When boiling vegetables, put a lid on the pans to not lose heat

. Turn off the oven when there’s 15 minutes to go

. Make sure your oven window is sparkling clean, instead of opening the door every half hour causing unnecessary heat loss!

 

All of the above are just small measures you can take to look after our environment. If we all were to make these slight changes then this will contribute towards a greener future for us.

From myself and all of the team here, we wish you a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Blog Written by Ben Askew, Green Energy Consultant at Maximus Green

http://www.sketchyscience.com/2014/12/turkey-power-what-does-it-take-to-cook.html

http://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/watt-s-it-take-to-cook-thanksgiving-dinner/

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