Payless Power, your retail electric provider, wants to make sure that you save on your electric bill. This season is a time of reflection, and for many this means thinking about how to have energy efficient holidays. It is not hard to do, with a little bit of consideration, and small acts can make a big difference. Here are a few guidelines for making your holiday merry, bright, and eco-conscious.
Do not preheat your oven for turkey and ham.
These meats cook for hours, so preheating is not necessary, and wastes energy. It is a good idea to cook other items while your holiday meat is baking, because having a full oven saves energy.
Resist the urge to peek.
Well, at least refrain from opening the door to do it! Turning on the oven light and looking through the glass can save energy, because opening the door can cost as much as twenty-five degrees.
Turn the heat off early, when cooking.
In an electric oven, or on an electric range, heat is retained even after the power is off. By turning off the burners or oven when the food is almost, but not quite, done will save energy.
Keep the refrigerator full, and closed.
Frequent opening and closing of the refrigerator door allows the cold air to escape, and it is more efficient to leave it open until you have taken out everything you need. A full refrigerator stays colder, as does a full freezer.
Use energy-saving bulbs to light your holidays.
Conventional lights use ninety percent more energy than LED lights. Making the switch is easier than ever, since retailers will often accept your old lights for recycling when you buy LED lights.
Turn down the thermostat.
All those people in your house will raise the temperature naturally, without overworking your heater. Every degree lower equals about two percent of savings, so even when you do not have company, put on a sweater and go easy on the heat.
Enjoy the outdoors with a cozy fire.
Why not turn off the lights and energy draining appliances for a while and head outside? You can build a bonfire, or make a fire in your firepot, to cook some open fire food or roast marshmallows. This is an activity low on energy consumption and high on fun!
It is not hard to have energy efficient holidays when you give it a little bit of thought. For ideas on turning your exterior into a winter wonderland, visit Payless Power for more information about saving money and conserving energy.