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Blog Jul 23, 2014

8 Creative Energy Savings Tips

Energy Saving

Whoever said artists get to have all the creativity was wrong. You can have it too when you save energy each day.

With that in mind, check out these creative ways you and your family can save energy:

1. Put Frozen Food in Your Refrigerator the Night Before

If you can think ahead a little, take that steak out of the freezer and place it in your fridge. That way, you won’t need to use energy defrosting it.

2. Exercise When You Feel Cold

Instead of turning up the thermostat, save energy and improve your health by exercising instead. Long-term, exercise also helps improve your circulation, so you’ll stay warmer.

3. Use Your Microwave

Okay, so maybe this one isn’t quite as creative as you’d expect. But, using your microwave cuts down on the amount of time and energy conventional stoves use to cook. So when you can, use that microwave.

4. Have a Raw Food Competition

Do it with your family, friends, or neighbors. The idea is simple: see who can make the best meal without using a single electric appliance.

5. Have a Family Dinner in the Dark

Turn off every single light, and use a candle to illuminate the dining room. Just be careful with it so you don’t start a fire. The kids’ll think it’s a blast, and you’ll save energy by not having any lights on. Oh, and make sure you use the microwave to do your cooking too!

6. Take Boiling Water on Your Stove to a Whole New Level

The fastest and most energy-efficient way to boil water is to use a kettle. Also, make sure you only boil the amount of water you actually need to use. Note that you can lose a ton of heat when using kettles and pots that do not cover the entire burner. If you do have to boil something, use pots and kettles that cover the burner fully.

7. Examine Your Cookware

Always buy copper-bottomed pots and pans, and make sure you use ceramic cookware in your oven. Make sure the bottom of your cookware is flat and stays in contact with each burner/heating element. If that’s not the case, you lose about 50% of the heat.

8. Fridges – The Silent Energy Suckers

Adjust the thermostat to the season. To determine your energy-efficient setting, put a thermometer inside of a jar of water in the fridge overnight. In the morning, it should read between 34 and 41 Fahrenheit. If your fridge isn’t full, fill the empty areas with jugs or bottles filled with water. This helps keep the temperature down.

So Really…

We actually gave you more than 8 tips…lucky you! Which are you going to add to your routine today?

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