Top Ways to Save Energy for the Holidays 

MGE has no-cost tips for saving energy this winter.

The holiday season is upon us. Between gatherings, shopping trips and decking your halls, saving energy may not be top of mind. We're here to help with no-cost tips to save energy! 


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 a dish's progress. 


Reduce heating costs, increase comfort 

Open curtains or shades to let in the sun during the day to reduce heating costs. At night, close shades to improve comfort. 


Embrace the cold 

A washing machine spends an estimated 90% of its energy to heat water. Consider using cold water instead. In addition, try to wash full loads because the machine uses roughly the same amount of energy regardless of the load size. 



Unplug your phone chargers, printers, computers and other electronics when you are not using them. These devices can still use energy when not in use and can account for 5% to 10% of your total energy use. 


Set to automatic 

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. 

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published: Nov-20-2019