For Release: 12/13/2019
Holiday helpers: 12 ways to enjoy a season of safety, energy savings
Monroe — While there's no place like home for the holidays, gathering family and friends near to us also can increase a home's energy use. To make sure everyone can give their true love a partridge in a pear tree, Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) is sharing 12 Yuletide tips that can reduce natural gas costs and keep homes safe this holiday season. (Rest assured, St. Nick checked this list twice.)
- Keep baking spirits bright by peeking on your meal through the oven window. Opening your oven door can drop an oven’s temperature 25 degrees, adding cooking time and energy use.
- Consider asking Santa for a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas and can be fatal.
- Keep Frosty the Snowman and Jack Frost off natural gas meters by clearing them with hands or a broom. A buildup of snow or ice can damage the meter, causing a leak.
- Make this the hap-happiest season of all by lowering your thermostat 7-10 degrees when asleep or away from home. This gift can keep giving the whole year by saving customers up to 10% per year on heating costs.
- Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace regularly to reduce its energy use and prevent it from becoming a clinker.
- Use space heaters safely by keeping wrapped gifts, tissue paper and draperies at least 6 feet away to reduce a fire risk.
- Match pots and pans with similar-sized burners when cooking the turkey with all the trimmings. This tip reduces cooking time and uses heat more efficiently.
- When using glass or ceramic cookware, turn down the oven temperature 25 degrees to cook tasty treats just as quickly. It's a simple way to reduce energy use and be ready for the relative from Tennessee heading for some homemade pumpkin pie.
- Turn the oven off a few minutes early when roasting chestnuts or cooking your holiday meal. As long as the oven door stays closed, enough heat will remain inside to finish cooking a meal.
- It's the most wonderful time of the year … to set the water heater to 120 degrees. It's an easy way to be of good cheer and rack up big savings during the holiday season.
- Increase a home's energy efficiency when decking the halls by using weatherstripping and caulk to seal gaps around windows, doors and siding.
- All a kitchen oven wants for Christmas is a blue flame, which means the natural gas range is working properly. A yellow flame is a sign the range needs to be adjusted by a professional.
Learn more ways to use energy efficiently and safely throughout the year by visiting the MGU website.
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