The holidays are a busy time for most families, bringing more guests into your home than normal. With cold weather, extra cooking, and lots of guests you will quickly notice that all of this is going to impact your energy costs.
Below are a few easy tips that can help you reduce your energy costs during the holiday season:
Keep the oven closed when cooking: We know you want to check on that Thanksgiving Turkey and Christmas ham while it fills your home with a delicious aroma, but every time you open the oven door the oven’s temperature drops as much as 25 degrees costing you more in electricity than you have to spend for the same results. Put off checking whatever it is your baking before you know that it has the potential to be fully cooked. When it is time to check on your food, make it quick and try to use the
Match pan size to burner size: When using your stove top this holiday season, make sure that the pans or pots you are heating up fit on the burner. If you place a small six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner, you’re going to end up losing a lot of heat. Conversely, if you place an eight-inch pan on a six-inch burner, it’s going to take much longer than usual to heat your food up.
Only Use Dishwasher When Full: The dishwasher will actually use less water than if you wash dishes by hand – and if you have guests over, the last thing you want to do is spend all day washing their dishes anyway. Just make sure you only run the dishwasher when there is a full load – and if you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, rinse them using cold water. Hot water takes up a lot of energy to heat.
Insulate Your Attic: The holiday season will bring low temperatures and heavy winds, insulate your attic to make sure your home’s heat doesn’t escape your house when temperatures drop during this season. Doing this will help keep heat concentrated inside your home, and also will help keep you and your guests warm and comfortable.
Schedule a heating inspection with Autumn Air: You don’t want your heating system breaking down in the middle of a family meal, nor do you want your heating system working so inefficiently that your heating bills are astronomical this season. Have your furnace inspected (or heat pump, depending on your heating system) before the holidays hit so you can repair any issues before they become costly. Autumn Air is here to help you host your guests comfortably and stay warm all season long.
Autumn Air proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including Atascocita, Briarpark, Champion Forest, Conroe, Klein, Magnolia, Midtown, Oak Ridge North, Sugar Land, Cypress, Pearland, The West University Place, The Heights, Spring, Tomball, Willowbrook, Houston, Spring Branch and The Woodlands. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today to find out what we can do for your home or business.