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How Much Does Hosting Thanksgiving Add To Your Electricity Bill?

Thanksgiving. A time for friends and family to come together and be thankful for what they have… and a time to eat until you literally feel physical pain. I don’t know… maybe that’s just me.

You’ve probably never thought about how much Thanksgiving dinner adds to your electricity bill. But we at ElectricityRates.com thought it would be a fun idea to try and figure it out. 

So here is our sort of scientific attempt at trying to calculate how much electricity you use when you host your own Thanksgiving feast.

The Circumstances

Everyone’s dinner is different. Some of you may only have Thanksgiving with 3 or 4 people. Others could have 40+.

More people means more food. More food means more cooking. More cooking means more energy. 

So we are just going to base it off of one serving of each of the Thanksgiving favorites.

  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Apple Pie

Turkey

The turkey is going to cost you the most when you are cooking. If we are cooking an 18-pound turkey, that is going to be about 4 hours and 15 minutes in the oven.

Using the average cost of electricity in the US at $0.12 a kWh, getting that turkey to perfection is going to cost you $1.20.

Mashed Potatoes

People love some good creamy mashed potatoes. In fact, mashed potatoes are actually the second most popular Thanksgiving food behind turkey according to this Insider survey.

If you have a gas stove this will go on your electric bill, but we are going to keep it simple with an electric stovetop.

Cooking mashed potatoes from scratch requires 30 minutes of stovetop time, so your mashed potatoes will barely break the bank at $0.09. You don’t even use one kWh for this dish.

Gravy

Interestingly, that same Insider article from above has gravy in third place but is six percentage points behind mashed potatoes. Which means some of you crazy people out there are not having gravy with your mashed potatoes! (Or your turkey for that matter.)

But to each their own I suppose.

Whipping up some gravy is going to take up a bit more of that stovetop but only for about 15 minutes of cook time. That puts us at $0.05 to get some delicious gravy to go along with the rest of our meal.

Stuffing

To get some of your best results with stuffing, you will want to cook it separately from the bird. 

At an hour of cook time, that tacks on another $0.29 to our Thanksgiving electricity bill.

Apple Pie

Or pumpkin pie. Or pecan. Or all three. It is Thanksgiving, so there is certainly no need to hold back in any way shape or form. 

However, we will go with one apple pie to give us a benchmark. This will usually cost you another hour of baking time and another $0.29 to our thanksgiving bill.

Total Cost

Add all this up and the total cost added to the bill comes out to $2.06. So you shouldn’t be sweating the electrical cost of Thanksgiving dinner anytime soon. And who knows, you may even save money on heating from running that oven all day long!

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