Today we wish you a Happy Holiday Season. We are very grateful for the opportunity to keep your family warm, comfortable, and safe throughout the year with precision heating and air conditioning.
Holiday season means food, family, celebrations, and desserts. And, lots of each!
Unfortunately, this often means that people are not being kind to the environment. When preparing to heap your table high with food, here are a few tips to make your holiday more eco-friendly.
Buying locally grown produce helps support community farmers and reduces emissions produced by big transport trucks.
Before you bring out your favorite holiday sweater or start mashing potatoes, here are some tips to help you enjoy a tasty meal without a big spike in your energy bill.
• Lower the thermostat by a couple of degrees before you start your meal preparation. Chances are, you’ll be using the stovetop and your oven, and the temperature throughout your home will heat up. Hosting dinner guests in your home will also generate more heat. Keeping the temperature around 68º will ensure your guests are comfortable and keep your heating costs to a minimum.
• If you haven’t already adapted your home for the winter season, please check our October Blog. It’s full of simple, helpful hints that will make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Your family will notice the difference.
• If you have a variable speed furnace, much of this temperature adjustment is done automatically by your ‘smart furnace’. Furnaces with variable speed airflow automatically adjust the heat level in each room as your guests move from dining to family room, to kitchen. It adds comfort and savings. See our August blog for the ‘Truth’ about variable speed airflow. It’s a real difference-maker for your home and the environment.
• Avoid peeking. Opening and closing the oven door causes heat to escape and will increase cooking times. It’s tempting – but costly. Also, use tightly fitted lids on pots to help keep the heat in. You’ll be able to keep the temperature setting lower and cook more efficiently.
• Whenever possible, use a microwave or toaster oven. Both use less than half of the energy of your regular oven.
The second-best part of a holiday meal – leftovers! Place leftovers in sealed, reusable containers and allow the contents to cool before placing in the fridge. Putting warm food in the fridge causes it to work harder to keep cool – increasing your home’s electricity use.
Though your mother may have told you to wash your plate before putting it in the dishwasher, that’s not really necessary anymore. Simply scrape, rinse and load. You’ll cut down on wasted water.
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