If you’re making a list and checking it twice, finding ways to save on energy would be nice. With baking, entertaining and festive decor, your energy bill might be higher than usual. We’ve asked our energy experts for some tips on how to save energy this holiday season.
Charge solar-powered lights and decor during the day to keep your home festive at night.
Set timers for lights to automatically turn on and off. Aim for no more than six hours a day of use.
Use your oven light to check on your holiday baking instead of opening the door every time.
Let food cool to room temperature before you put it in the fridge. Put frozen food in the fridge to thaw.
LEDs are efficient, use 90% less energy than incandescents and last much longer. They’re bright and pretty too!
Many electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on. Unplug them when gone or use a smart power strip.
Only run your dishwasher when full and, if possible, let your dishes air dry instead of running the heated dry cycle.
Turn down your heat when hosting. Your house will heat up from extra people, warm food and cooking.
Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and use shower heads with flow rates under two gallons per minute.
Consider off-peak programs for your hardwired electric garage heater, hot tub or boiler.
Use cold water for cycles when you can. Not only does this save energy but it can also keep colors from fading.
For more ways to save energy and money, contact us at 651-463-6243 or at [email protected].
Dakota Electric sends out Circuits monthly newsletter to our members each month. Inside, members can find valuable money- and energy-saving tips, special event details, news about Dakota Electric and electric utility industry information that may impact electric bills.
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