Believe it or not but the holidays are just around the corner. Before long, many Phoenix and Scottsdale area families will start to prepare their homes for holiday gatherings. With additional expenses this time of year, it never hurts to save money where you can. Use these holiday energy-saving tips to cut your energy bills while you celebrate with family and friends this season.
Save While You Cook Your Holiday Meals
- For long, slow-cooked dishes, you can save energy by not preheating your oven. It’s really not necessary for something that takes hours to cook.
- Use the oven light rather than opening the oven door to get a good look at your dish. Opening the door can lower oven temperature and cause the oven to use more energy to reheat.
- When cooking on the stovetop, use the correct pan size for the burner. Using pans that are too small for the burners wastes energy, since much of the burner is just heating the air.
- Using glass or ceramic pans can help you save energy; these pans can cook dishes quickly at lower temperatures, so you can set your oven temperature back by about 25 degrees.
Save With Your Holiday Decorations
- Use LED lights when decorating your home indoors and outside. These bulbs are much more efficient than older styles, and last for years.
- Use a timer to control your lighting displays. This way your lights will run when they can be enjoyed, and will turn off overnight, saving energy.
- If you must turn on the heating due to colder temperatures, you can still save energy during holiday gatherings. With a house full of people, whose body temperatures are helping to provide heat, lowering the thermostat a few degrees can keep everyone comfortable and help you save.
- Change or clean your HVAC filter before heating season to improve your furnace’s energy efficiency and promote better indoor air quality for your family and guests.