Throughout the holidays we have been able to put together some energy savings tips that will help you save during this energy-filled season.
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- If a large group of people is expected for dinner, lower the thermostat a degree or two before the guests arrive. Otherwise, since people generate heat, the space may become wastefully overheated.
- Check the refrigerator and freezer doors to make sure they seal tightly. This will keep the cold air in and the warm air out. To test, close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill. If you can slip the bill out easily, or worse, if it falls out on its own, the door requires adjustment, or the gasket needs replacing.
- Allow hot foods and liquids to cool before putting them in the refrigerator. Uncovered, hot food and liquids give off vapors that make the refrigerator work harder. Use a lid or plastic wrap to cover the food and place in the refrigerator after cooling.
- Use a “lids-on” approach to cooking. Tightly fitted lids on pots and pans help keep heat in, enabling you to lower the temperature settings and shorten the cooking times.
- When boiling liquids, start by using the highest temperature settings to reach the boiling point. Then lower the heat control setting and allow the food to simmer until fully cooked.
- Use the microwave instead of your regular oven whenever possible. Microwave ovens draw less than half the power of your regular oven, and they cook for a much shorter period of time.
4 Energy Savings Tips To Keep You Festive This Holiday
- Use energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) holiday bulbs. Although more expensive than standard holiday bulbs, LED bulbs last longer, require less energy and can lead to cost savings.
- Put outdoor lights on a timer to save electricity.
- Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees. A programmable thermostat is an affordable way to stay comfortable and save energy.
- When traveling, set the thermostat to 55 degrees to save energy and prevent water pipes from freezing.
Lykins Energy Solutions wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!