From Scott Carlberg

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s some energy information that may help you.

Running the self-cleaning on an oven is pretty low-cost, until it isn’t. Here’s what we mean. If you are paying about 13-cents a kilowatt for electricity, which is about the cost in the Carolinas, it will run you something on the order of $1 to run that self-cleaning feature. A self-cleaning oven basically works by burning away the old food at high heat. Turns it into crumbly ash that is easier to clean out than sticky food.

But, it may cost a lot more than a buck. It depends.

Here’s what one of our friends sent our way. He has run an appliance store and repair service for decades:

“Please share with friends – Self-cleaning ovens. This is something we encounter every holiday. Frantic phone calls requesting repairs we may not be able to complete before company arrives for that big get together. Every holiday we caution against running a self-cleaning cycle on the oven just before the holidays. Self-cleaning is perhaps the most stressful operation an oven performs. If there is a weakness in any component, heating the oven above 800 degrees might trigger a failure. We realize the tendency to want everything to be perfect for guests, but a soiled oven from lots of great cooking is preferable to a beautiful oven that won’t work!”

ECC might add that if you have friends and family who feel free to open your oven, they must be good enough friends who enjoy you for the good company, not a clean oven.