Susan S. Kaplan
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
With winter drawing to a close we’re bound to get some end of season cold snaps before we get to spring. Sign up to follow our Energy Smarts Twitter feed at @maenergysmarts for tips on how to save energy this winter. Here are some more tips.
1. Don’t open your oven door when cooking. Instead, turn on the oven light and gaze through the oven door window.
2. If you use glass or ceramic pans, you can turn your oven temperature down 25 degrees and foods will cook just as quickly.
3. When cooking on top of your range, match the size of the pan to the heating element. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the energy!
4. Dispose of older incandescent lights and buy new LED holiday lights. Older strings of incandescent holiday lights can use up to 99 percent more energy than new LED light strings.
5. Replace your old heating system and cut your natural gas use nearly in half
6. Open south-facing window curtains, drapes and blinds during the day. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
7. Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Moister air feels warmer, letting you set your thermostat at a lower temperature.
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