Are you hosting a holiday gathering/party at your home this week or next? That’s mighty kind of you to host everyone! As your Houston real estate team, allow us to recommend ways to save on your energy usage. When you have a lot of guests at your house, and you’re serving a lot of food, and you’re watching a lot of entertainment, and you have all your lights on, it’s easy to rack up that energy bill quickly.
HouseLogic shared some excellent tips on how you can plan ahead to save on your energy bill before hosting a holiday. Here are some of their tips:
- Set a timer for holiday décor. This way, your holiday light display and your Christmas tree can turn on right when it gets dark, and turn off right before you go to bed. On the holidays, you can set the lights to stay on longer. But this way, they don’t stay on too long, and it takes away one task on your to-do list!
- Announce a friendly reminder. It’s totally fine to ask your guests to turn off lights, fans, etc. when leaving a room. Just turning off one ceiling fan in an empty room, or turning off one light when leaving a room, can save more than $7 on your energy bill. That adds up fast!
- Turn on oven light. Did you know that every time you open the oven door to check on food, a significant amount of energy is required to heat the oven back up to the appropriate temperature? Turn the oven light on instead and look through the window. Clean the glass on the window in advance!
- Use glass or ceramic. When cooking in the oven, opt for glass or ceramic pans. These heat up much faster than metal ones. In fact, you can even set the temperature of the oven 25 degrees lower than the recipe suggests for the same cooking time when using glass or ceramic!
- Use small appliances. When cooking or reheating, use smaller appliances, such as crock pots, microwaves and toaster ovens. These are much more energy-efficient for side dishes, individual plates and small meals than heating up the oven.
- Wait to wash. Even though you want to keep your kitchen and home clean and organized around house guests, try to only run the dishwasher and laundry machines when they are full. With enough holiday traffic, this shouldn’t be too hard to do!
For more tips on saving energy around the holidays at your home, check out HouseLogic’s article. When it comes time to pay that energy bill in January, after all of your holiday spending, you’ll be happy you took measures to keep the energy usage down.