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Cooking the Thanksgiving Bird Cost Effectively

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving will be the cheapest for folks since November 1999, according to information from Columbia Gas of Ohio.

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 it marks the lowest November natural gas price for consumers since 1999.

Columbia Gas of Ohio reports these low-gas costs are good news for Thanksgiving, a day of high natural gas consumption regardless of the weather. A report from Barclays Capital estimates that 4 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 or their local 911 center.


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