Volume 15, Issue 88 November 24, 2018
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Simple Ways to Save Energy Over the Holidays
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Simple Ways to Save Energy Over the Holidays
Reduce waste and lower your energy bills with these tips


For millions of Americans, the holidays are a time of travel, feasting and shopping. For family and friends, it is a time to reunite and give thanks. This season often comes with increases in spending and energy consumption due to the colder weather and increased appliance use, but there are ways to reduce waste and lower your energy bills.

Here are some ways to save on energy during the holidays:

Reducing Food Waste
Letting people serve themselves rather than proportioning food can prevent food waste because people can take only what they want to eat. Storing leftovers in the freezer can keep the food longer. If there are extra canned goods, consider donating to food banks or charities so nothing goes to waste.

Smart Energy Cooking
Make sure to choose the right cookware for the dish to ensure proper, efficient cooking. When cooking large quantities of vegetables, consider steaming as this uses less energy compared to oven roasting and stovetop cooking.

Home Temperature Comfort
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Turn down your thermostat at night or when no one is at home. Lowering the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees during these periods can save around 10% on your annual heating and cooling bill.

After the meal, loading the dishes into an ENERGY STAR-certified dishwasher can save time and energy. ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers uses less than half as much energy as washing dishes by hand.

Doing the laundry in cold water can also help the environment and save energy, just be sure to check your clothing label first.

For more ways to save on energy costs and energy efficiency solutions, visit our Energy Insights library on our website.

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