8 Energy Saving Holiday Tips
Here are 8 simple tips to save energy during the holidays:
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1. Use LED Christmas lights. They are 80-90% more energy efficient than incandescent ones.
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2. When preparing a holiday feast, look through the oven door to check on your treats. Opening the oven door, even for only a few seconds, releases almost 20% of the oven's heat. More energy is then consumed to bring the oven back up to the set temperature.
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3. Having people over for a delicious turkey dinner? Turn the heating down a couple degrees, the extra bodies and heat coming from the stove will definitely make up for it!
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4. Make sure the pots that you use are slightly bigger than the elements you are using. Up to 40% of the consumed energy used can be lost when using a pot that is smaller than the element ring.
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5. Out shopping for Christmas gifts? Try and be conscious of packaging. It takes lots of energy to produce all of these containers.
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6. Even better, stay in the comfort of your own home and do all of your Christmas shopping online! Studies show that shopping from home is better for the environment than getting in your car and driving all the way to the mall.
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7. Buy Energy Star electronics, these electronics use up to 50% less energy than competing brands.
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8. Hosting a few holiday parties? Why not rent extra plates and utensils? Washing those extra dishes uses far less energy than the waste created by paper plates and plastic utensils.