Cut your Holiday Energy Bill

Kathleen Hansen - 2015-12-03

The holidays can be an expensive time of year with house guests, cooking large holiday meals, and the decorative lights pushing your utility bill through the roof. 

Keep the bills down with these tips!

1. Set time on your side -- Set timers for your holiday displays to turn off before bedtime so you do not leave them on all night accidentally!

2. Get guests on board with saving energy -- Remind guests to turn off lights when they leave the room. Keep fans off when you aren't in the room too. Keeping just one fan off, as well as turning out lights promptly can save you more than $7 a month on your electric bill. 

3. Stop peeking at cooking food -- Ovens lose a lot of heat when opened, and require significant amounts of energy to heat back up! When you have to have a sneek peek, refrain from opening, and turn on the oven light and look through the window! That is what they are there for, after all. 

4. Choose glass or ceramic pans when cooking -- These pans heat much faster than metal ones, and allow you to set the temperature 25 degrees LOWER than a receipe suggests, for the same amount of cooking time. 

5. Use crock-pots and microwaves -- Use smaller appliances when possible. These can be much more energy-effecient for side dishes or small meals. 

6. Wait to wash -- Wash only full loads in laundry machines and dishwashers. Use energy saver mode on the dishwasher and cold water in the washing machine.

7. Bake before you clean -- Use the self-cleaning oven feature only when necessary, and start the cleaning cycle immediately after the over is used to take advantage of pre-existing heat. 

8. Deck the halls with LEDs -- When it comes to the holiday lights, LED lights are the bright choice to get more for your money! The amount of power it takes to operate just one incandescent holiday buld could pewr two 24ft LED strings! Thats enough to light a 6 foot tree! Additionally, LED strings last about 10 times longer.

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