Your pocketbook often takes a hit during holiday shopping, so the last thing you need is an inflated energy bill. However, it is easy for energy usage in your home to spike during the holiday season. The good news is that you can keep your energy usage down with a few simple tips. Start by having your energy provider perform a home energy check-up in advance of the holidays to make sure everything is working as efficiently as possible. After that, keep these energy-saving tips in mind.
If your home is where the family gathers for holiday meals, chances are your kitchen will get a workout. Keep electricity, natural gas, and propane use in check by cooking as efficiently as possible. When you have food in the oven, avoid opening the door repeatedly to check it. Each time you open the door, your oven cools about 25 degrees and must burn extra energy to reheat. Instead, make use of the oven light to look through the door. When possible, cook several dishes at once. On your stovetop, make sure you’re matching your pans to your burner sizes. Opt to use energy-saving cooking appliances, like microwaves and crockpots, when possible.
Use the Right Lights
What is the holiday season without festive lights? However, light displays can run up your energy bill in a hurry. Instead of getting a big bill, switch to LED light strings, which require much less electricity. Don’t waste energy by using your lights during the day. Wait for night to plug them in, when they can really be enjoyed.
Minimize Dishwasher Use
The plates pile high during the holidays, but try to avoid constantly running your dishwasher. Wait until you have full loads and choose an energy-saving dry setting. For small piles of dishes, wash them in the sink instead.
For more energy-saving tips all year long, turn to Florida Public Utilities Company. We’re always exploring ways to make our natural gas, propane, and electric services in Florida more efficient. Call us at (561) 832-0872 to learn more about our energy services.