Home for the Holidays – Energy Saving Handbook
Your Guide to Saving Energy While Home for the Holidays:
We know it’s tempting, but don’t open the oven door to take a peek at what’s cooking inside. Turn on the oven light and check the cooking status through the oven window instead. Opening the oven door lowers the temperature inside which increases cooking time and wastes energy.
KEEP LIDS ON POT
A simple tip that is often overlooked: Keep the tops on the pots as they cook. Foods cook faster (meaning less energy use) when the lid is on.
When cooking on top of your range, match the size of the pan to the heating element. More heat will get to the pan and less will be lost to the surrounding air. Make sure to clean your equipment regularly to provide better heating and in turn save energy.
BAKE SEVERAL DISHES AT THE SAME TIME
The holiday season is a big time for baking. Make the most of your oven and the energy that goes into heating it by cooking several dishes at once. Remember: it takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearly empty one.
LEDs use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, saving you money on your holiday utility bills, and reducing your impact on the environment.
LED lights last up to 100,000 hours. Assuming you use your Christmas lights five hours a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, that’s only 200 hours of use each year! How’s that for long-lasting?
Since LEDs use light emitting diodes (not incandescence) to produce light, there are no filaments to have burn out; and thus, no bulbs to replace.
Unlike traditional incandescent Christmas lights, LED lights do not get hot – that’s a big plus if you will be using them on a real tree; but really it’s a big plus period.
LIMIT THE TIME THE LIGHTS ARE ON
Wait until dark to turn on your decorative lights and don’t forget to turn them off before you fall asleep. Five or so hours a day is a good goal to limit your lights to. If you have trouble remembering to turn the lights on and off you could always try a timer!
GOING ON A VACATION?
Check out our “Away for The Holidays – Energy Saving Handbook” to learn how to prepare your home for the times you are away!
WHAT ABOUT THE WORK SPACE?
Lighting accounts for the largest use of energy in most commercial spaces. Turning them off is one of the simplest and most effective ways to conserve over a holiday break. Turn off all lights in the office space including desk lamps, overhead lights, kitchens areas, bathrooms, and hallways.
UNPLUG ELECTRONICS & SMALL APPLIANCES
Some appliances use energy even when turned “off”. Look for any devices with clocks, lights, or remote controls as probable energy vampires and unplug them or turn off the power strip to totally turn them off. Include items such as: computers and monitors, TV/DVD player, coffee maker, mini-fridge, microwave, printer/scanner/copy machines, and clocks/radios.
SET BACK THE HEAT
There’s no need to heat an unoccupied space. Whether the office shares a thermostat or you have a personal fan unit at your desk, set the heating to 50-55 degrees or the lowest possible setting for the long winter break. Be sure to also check that all windows are tightly closed.