The winter holidays are a time for delicious food and quality time with family. This year, as you count your blessings, you might give a thought to being more eco-conscious during the holiday season
Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Maui, Hawaii and Honolulu counties, presents “9 Days of Energy-Saving Tips” that can help you save energy and money on your electric bill.
DAY 1: Buy ENERGY STAR® Electronics
If a television, DVD player, stereo or cordless phone is on your gift list, looking for the ENERGY STAR® logo is a smart way to go! To learn more, visit ENERGY STAR website: www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products and view the “electronics” section.
DAY 2: Keep Oven Doors Closed
Do not open the oven door to take a peek! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on the cooking through the window. Slightly opening the oven door lowers the temperature inside by as much as 25 degrees. That increases cooking time and wastes energy.
DAY 3: Turn Off the AC
Your AC needs a vacation this holiday season. Leave the AC off. If you do need to stay cool, consider upgrading to a new ENERGY STAR model. Hawaii Energy provides a $50 rebate and will recycle the old working one for free.
DAY 4: Try Other Cooking Methods
Don’t overlook the other cooking appliances. Try doing some of your cooking in a crockpot, which uses less electricity than an electric oven. If you really need to use the oven, you can reduce your energy consumption by cooking several items at the same time.
DAY 5: Install a Timer
Automatically turn off your holiday lights by installing a timer. Not only will you be saving energy, but also a little money — which goes a long way this time of year.
DAY 6: Save Energy When Doing Laundry
Opps! Your little one spilled cranberry on his holiday sweater again! Wash full loads in cold water rather than hot. Skip the dryer. Hang clothes outside and put the tradewinds to work.
DAY 7: Unplug Electronics Not in Use
Did you know that electronic devices use electricity even when the power is turned off? It’s called a “phantom” or “vampire” load. Be sure to unplug any devices not in use such as laptops, video games, coffee pots and cell phone chargers.
DAY 8: Consider Fiber Optic Decorations
You can save energy by decorating with fiber optic trees. They use a single light bulb located at the base of the unit to light up the entire decoration.
DAY 9: Limit Holiday Tree Lights
There are other ways to make your Christmas tree glow this season. Consider enhancing its visual appeal with mirrored ornaments, tinsel or any other reflective items to make it sparkle, rather than adding more lights.
For more energy-saving tips this holiday season and beyond, visit HawaiiEnergy.com.
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