Friday, November 30, 2012

10 Holiday energy saving tips

An energy efficient figgy pudding
1. Switch to LED Christmas lights to save 80% on energy costs.

2. You don’t need to preheat the oven when you are cooking a turkey, and you can turn the oven off a few minutes before it is done cooking.

3. When cooking on top of your range, match the size of the pan to the heating element. This can save you up to 40%!

4. To keep your Christmas lights from running all night, put them on an automatic timer, both indoors and out.

5. Set your thermostat between 66°F and 68°F. You'll stay comfy, and for every 1°F you lower your thermostat, you can reduce your energy use by 1-3 percent.

6. Install a new furnace filter at the start of heating season, and clean or replace it monthly to keep your furnace running efficiently.

7. Keep your refrigerator and freezer well stocked. A refrigerator or freezer full of cold food and drinks stays cooler when you open the door.

8. If you are baking in glass or ceramic pans, you can turn the oven temperature down 25 degrees, and foods will cook just as quickly.

9. If you use a wood-burning fireplace, keep the dampers closed to keep the heat in when the fireplace is not in use.

10. Weatherize your home to save an average of 20-30% on your energy bills! Contact the Community Energy Challenge to sign up for your home energy assessment today.