Energy-Efficient Recipes for Your Big Game Feast

SCE offers these easy-to-make treats to keep your guests’ energy up and your energy costs low.
As important as deciding who to root for during this Sunday’s big game — Kansas City or San Francisco — it is equally essential to keep your energy usage low.

One of the most convenient ways is in the kitchen. As you plan your game day spread, deciding what recipes to include and what to skip will help start you off on the right foot.

This simple guacamole dip can be made in big batches and will keep the festivities going to the end zone.

Easy Guacamole Dip

  • 8 x large, ripe Haas avocados (save the pit)
  • 4 x tomatoes (diced)
  • 4 x jalapeno peppers (deveined and chopped)
  • 1 x bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 x lime
  • 1/2 x yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix ingredients in a large bowl and add the pits into the guacamole. Even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Squeeze 1/2 lime on the top to cover the surface with the juice (the pits and lime will keep the dip from browning prematurely.) Cover and refrigerate until served — plate with tortilla chips.

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    • Slow Cooker Nachos: Nachos are a staple for any big game party. This electric slow-cooker recipe is an easy one-pot appetizer that will intercept a massive postgame cleanup session.
    • Charcuterie Board Ideas: Arrange delectable meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts and fruits for a perfect party platter for a worry- and energy-free appetizer.
    Charcuterie board with meat, cheese, fruit, nuts and spread.
    Create a delectable spread and keep energy usage low for your big game party.
    Here are more energy-efficiency tips for your party:

    • Break Out the Electric Cooker: An electric appliance like a toaster oven, slow cooker, pressure cooker, air fryer or multi-cooker pots can save energy and reduce costs. Toaster ovens and slow cookers can use 50%-70% less energy than a standard stovetop or oven.
    • Use the Microwave: Warm up dishes quickly and efficiently with a microwave, which can save 30%-80% on energy costs.
    • Don’t Overfill Your Refrigerator: An overstuffed refrigerator is inefficient because it can create warm spots. Keep food spaced apart to avoid early spoilage.
    • Right Pan, Right Burner: The size of your pan should fit the burner. A burner that is too large could use up to 40% more energy. Using the right burner size could save you up to $36 a year.
    • Avoid Vampire Power: Appliances can be the money-draining vampires of your household budget. Use power strips to turn them off when not in use.
    • Install LED Lights in Common Rooms: LED lights use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs.
    • Turn Down the Thermostat: Keep your thermostat consistent at 68 degrees in cool months and 78 degrees in warmer months for optimal energy efficiency. You can save up to 10% annually on energy costs by setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees lower or higher than usual.

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