Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re hosting this year, that means in a few days, you’ll have a full house of friends and family enjoying delicious food. But, it can also mean more energy usage and spikes in utility bills. Here are eight Thanksgiving energy saving tips to help you enjoy the holidays.
Turn Down the Temperature
Yes, that’s right we said to turn down the temperature. We know you want to keep your home warm and cozy for your guests. Luckily, on Thanksgiving, you can do that while also lowering the thermostat by a few degrees.
This is especially true if you have a medium or large Thanksgiving gathering. With so many people in your home, and all the cooking happening in the kitchen, your home will stay warm even if you turn down the heat a bit.
Keep the Oven Door Closed
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner means working hard on lots of food, which often means opening the oven door to check on it all. But the more you open the oven, the longer the food will take to cook. Keeping the oven door closed will get food out faster and help with energy savings too, keeping your guests, and your wallet, happy and full.
Fill Up Your Oven
Sticking to the topic of energy savings related to your oven, with a little planning, you can cook multiple dishes at the same time. Cooking multiple dishes at once will cut down on cook times, and boost your energy savings. Plus, you’ll look like the pro we know you are.
Guard the Door
The larger your Thanksgiving dinner guest list, the more applicable this energy saving tip is. With guests coming in and out of your home, the door can be left open, letting in cold air and letting out precious heat. To avoid this energy-sucking problem, make sure you or another family member check the door to make sure it isn’t left open longer than need be.
Check Your Air Filter
We mention this HVAC tip a lot, but that’s because it’s a really effective way to boost HVAC efficiency, and it’s easy to do yourself. For an efficient HVAC system and to keep your indoor air pure, it’s important to choose the best air filter for your home and change it routinely.
If you haven’t completed your routine air filter change yet, then right before Thanksgiving is the perfect time. All the extra cooking and traffic in your home for Thanksgiving will introduce more particles and debris that land in your air filter. Having a fresh air filter will mean your heating system won’t have to work as hard, and that your guests can enjoy the better indoor air quality.
Dust Your Air Vents
As you do your pre-Thanksgiving dinner cleaning, make sure to pay a little extra attention to the area around your vents. Make sure all your vents are clear of dust, debris, and other items that can reduce your HVAC efficiency.
Open Closed Vents
Okay, this one won’t bring you energy savings, but it will keep your overnight guests from waking up freezing in the middle of the night. If you’re having overnight guests for Thanksgiving, make sure to open all the vents in guest or spare rooms so your guests will have a warm stay.
Load Up Your Dishwasher
After Thanksgiving dinner, your kitchen might feel like a disaster, but the good news is that there’s no need to wash everything by hand. Modern dishwashers save time, energy, and water. Especially energy-efficient dishwashers like Energy Star certified machines that use less than half the energy of hand washing dishes and can save 5,000 gallons of water a year.
Happy Thanksgiving From AirXperts!
At AirXperts, we’re always thankful for our clients. We wish you and your family a happy and warm Thanksgiving. Remember, our professional team is only a call away for you all HVAC needs.