At Home for the Holidays
Get tips to help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient this season.
For many this year, traditional large gatherings and holiday travel have been replaced with smaller celebrations and virtual visits via FaceTime or Zoom. We're here to help with 10 easy tips to save energy and make your home more comfortable while celebrating at home this holiday season.
Save energy while cooking
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), using the right-sized pots on stove burners can help you save about $36 a year for an electric range or $18 for gas. The DOE also recommends using the oven light instead of opening the door to prevent heat loss when checking on your turkey, pies or favorite casserole.
If you're cooking for a smaller group this year, slow cookers, toaster ovens, electric pressure cookers and air fryers offer solutions for cooking up a great meal at home in no time while using less energy.
Check your furnace fan setting
Set your furnace fan to "auto" instead of "on." This is one of the biggest steps you can take to be energy efficient at home.
Adjust your thermostat at night
You can save 10% on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Visit mge.com for recommended settings.
Soak up the sunlight
Open your blinds or drapes to let in the sunshine during the day. Close them at night to reduce heat loss and drafts.
Use your smart speaker to save
Beyond summoning the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller or "Home for the Holidays," smart speakers can help you save energy by integrating with your smart light bulbs, switches and outlets that allow you to turn lights or appliances on or off with a simple voice command.
Switch to LEDs
A festive holiday home often includes lighting. Look for ENERGY STAR®-certified LED string lights or light bulbs. LEDs use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last at least 15 times longer.
Close your garage door
Keep cold winter air from entering your garage by keeping it closed day and night.
Unplug devices when not in use
Phone chargers, printers, computers and other electronics can still use energy when not in use and can account for 5% to 10% of your total energy use.
Put a smart power strip on your list
If you're looking for ways to manage energy used by electronics, smart power strips can prevent phantom energy by detecting when a device such as a smart TV is not being used to stream "Elf" or "A Christmas Story" and then cutting off power to that device.
Want more ways to save? Stay up-to-date on energy-saving tips by visiting mge2050.com