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Eight Energy-Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted: 11/29/2012 12:53 pm

For all we do during the summer months to try to be more "green," hosting dinner for the holidays can really have the opposite effect, not to mention hike up your hydro bill. In case you're hoping to save on energy and be a little better to the environment this holiday season, we've compiled a list of a few easy tips on how to do so.

1. Try to use the oven light to check cooking progress as much as possible. According to energy company Avista Corporation, each time the oven door is opened it can lose up to 20 per cent of the heat which increases cooking time and wastes energy.

2. Use a microwave or other small appliances to cook as often as possible.

3. Hydro One suggests you pass on the preheating. While preheating may be necessary for baking, it's not needed for things like roasts or casseroles.

4. Pull out the barbecue once more and cook your turkey on it! Head here for tips on how to do so.

5. Turn off any extra heating in the cottage -- the oven will make up for the difference.

6. Check your oven for a convection feature. With this, your turkey will cook more quickly and it's more energy efficient.

7. Do your best to match the size of the burner to the size of the pot or pan sitting on top. According to Avista, a six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner can waste more than 40 percent of the energy.

8. Allow hot foods and liquids to cool off before placing them in the refrigerator.

For more great tips on how to be less wasteful this holiday season, check out these tips.

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    A Russia supporter, his face painted in the colors of the national flag, wait outside the stadium prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajyama)

  • CANADA -- 11

    Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police participate during the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2012. . (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Graham Hughes)

  • BRAZIL -- 10

    An activist dressed as a clown lies on a huge Brazilian flag during the "Global March" during the People's Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons, a parallel event during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • U.S. -- 9

    Alex Vidor, of Atlanta, carries a United States flag as he talks with friends after finishing the 43rd annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Peter Kirui of Kenya won the Peachtree Road Race. Kirui's unofficial time of 27 minutes, 36 seconds ties the fourth-fastest time in race history. It is the first Peachtree victory for the 24-year-old. The defending men's champion, Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, finished eighth. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)

  • EU, AUSTRALIA, CHINA (3-Way-Tie) -- 6, 7, 8

  • FRANCE -- 5

    Bastille Day fireworks explode over the Seine river next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris Saturday night, July 14, 2012. Bastille Day commemorates the storming by Parisians of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, setting off the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and put an end to monarchy.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • JAPAN -- 4

    A fan of Momoko Ueda, of Japan, carries a Japanese flag near the 16th green during the second round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • ITALY -- 3

  • GERMANY -- 2

    German soccer fans celebrate the kick off of their team's first game of the Euro 2012 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 9, 2012. Germany plays against Portugal in Lviv, Ukraine during the Euro 2012 soccer championship. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)



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