Customers who stop into our Kaukauna showroom are often asking, how can I make sure my home energy-efficient this winter? It’s a thought that’s on the minds of many Wisconsin residents throughout our service area as winter starts off in full swing. With the holidays just around the corner, the Tundraland team compiled some easy tips for having an energy-efficient holiday season this year.
Energy-Efficient Kitchen Tips
- Don’t open the oven door! We understand, it’s tempting to peak at the delicious ham or turkey roasting in the oven. But according to the Consumer Energy Center, opening the oven door just once lowers the internal temperature by 25 degrees, increases cooking time and wastes energy. Instead, use the oven light, an oven proof meat thermometer and look through the oven window.
- Keep your stove burners and reflectors clean. Quality, clean stovetop parts can mean big energy savings. Don’t forget to clean up before and after your holiday feast!
- Try a slow cooker. Wisconsin Public Service recommends cooking meals in a slow cooker instead of the energy-heavy conventional oven method. Your electricity costs for a slow cooker meal only add up to about 17 cents.
Energy-Efficient Décor Tips
- Use energy-efficient bulbs. While your home likely isn’t putting on a show as grand as the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights or Green Bay’s Garden of Lights, you can still save money by picking up LED holiday bulbs.
- Unplug when not in use. If you aren’t home, it’s probably a good idea to keep your electric decorations off and unplugged. Install a timer that turns lights on at dusk and off the next morning (or even late at night!) to save energy.
Whether you’re located in Green Lake, Ripon, De Pere or West Bend, Tundraland has energy efficient solutions for your home this holiday season. Call us at (920) 734-4786, contact us online, or stop by the Kaukauna showroom to learn more about how we can help you get started.