Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean you have to give up on being energy efficient and green living. There are plenty of ways for you and your family to cut back on energy usage and creating refuse by simply changing a few of your seasonal habits.
National Grid, a major utility in the Northeast, shared some information with WWLP-22, a Massachusetts news station, about how you can achieve these goals without affecting your enjoyment of the holidays:
- Cook many dishes at a time in the oven. Rather than baking entrees and sides one at a time, try overlapping and cooking several at once. You should also try to use the smallest appliance possible. Smaller portions should be cooked in a microwave, as it uses about half the energy of a conventional oven. If you must use the oven, you should refrain from opening the door frequently, as this causes the temperature to drop and more gas is used.
- If you live in a colder area, rather than having a second fridge, you may want to consider storing food items in the garage or basement, where it is typically cold enough to preserve them.
- Use energy efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) if you are decorating the outside of your house with Christmas lights. LEDs use 90 percent less energy than conventional bulbs.
- When buying new electronics for your loved ones and friends, purchase only items that are labeled with the Energy Star certification. This ensures that they have a limited energy footprint.
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