Creating a wonderful holiday is easy with the benefits that your DTE Energy service provides. Whether it’s the even heat of a gas oven cooking turkey and pies to perfection, a natural gas furnace heating a cozy home or an energy efficient washer and dryer helping college students catch up on laundry, DTE wants to help you make a memorable Thanksgiving for your family while keeping your energy usage under control. Here are some simple steps you can take to make your family happy and keep your bill from ballooning.

On Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Turn down your house thermostat. You’ll likely be pumping plenty of extra heat out of the kitchen, not to mention extra people in the house, to make up for the difference.
  2. Make sure the front door is closed. With everyone constantly coming in and out, make sure that the front door is always kept closed. Leaving any door to the outside open can lead to a lot of heat leaving your home and a larger energy bill.
  3. Use the right size pot on stove burners. When cooking with gas on the stovetop, try to match the size of the burner to the size of the pot being used to avoid wasting energy. Using a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner, for example, will waste 40% of the heat generated by the burner. Use lids on your pots and pans to save even more.
  4. Don’t forget the microwave. Your microwave is the most efficient (and fastest) means of cooking. Use it for as many cooking tasks as possible.
  5. Plan side dishes that can cook simultaneously with the turkey. If you cook dishes at the same temperature at the same time, you’ll reduce the amount of time the oven must run — it’s easier for the cook and saves energy, too.
  6. If you have a dishwasher, we recommend using it rather than washing your dishes by hand. Not only will it save you a large amount of time, but it will also save a lot of water and energy costs as well. Also, don’t rinse your dishes first. Instead, scrape any waste into the trash and then place your dishes in your dishwasher.

Looking for a way to make the holiday even better? Try this apple pie recipe!

For the crust:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, diced and chilled

1/4 cup ice water

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Combine salt and flour in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Stir in the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms into a ball. Do not overwork the dough. Split the ball in two and refrigerate for at least an hour.

For the filling:

8 Cameo, Empire, Northern Spy or Jonagold apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Set oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan on your natural gas stovetop. Stir in flour to form a paste, then add the water, sugars and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer.
  3. Roll crust out into two sheets sized to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Place one sheet in bottom of pan. Add apple slices, creating a mound toward the center of the pan. Gently pour butter mixture over apples and top with second crust.
  4. Crimp edges of crust shut and cut slits in the top for steam to escape.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 425, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes or until apples are soft.