Be Energy Efficient This Holiday Season

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The Federal Savings Bank offers some helpful tips on how to be energy efficient this holiday season.

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Use a slow cooker whenever possible for holiday cooking. A slow cooker uses less energy than an oven

The holiday season is in full swing, which means Christmas trees, outdoor lights and lots of cooking. While the festivities are fun, they can also consume a large amount of energy. At a time when heating a home is already expensive. The Federal Savings Bank offers the following tips on how to reduce the quantity of electricity and natural gas use for the season:

  •     Set the thermostat to between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No one wants to be cold at home, but it is cheaper to wear a sweater than run the furnace often to keep a 72-degree home.
  •     Lower the thermostat one or two degrees when there is a lot of cooking to do. The oven will heat up the home quite a bit, so don't inadvertently warm the house twice. Consider setting the thermostat at 66 or 67 degrees and turning on a ceiling fan, which will help distribute the kitchen's heat throughout the house.
  •     Switch to LED bulbs that can be dimmed. LED bulbs may seem expensive at the checkout but they use less electricity and can be dimmed to conserve more energy. LEDs come in numerous options, and can often find a look-a-like replacement for traditional bulbs. Some options can change color for fun with festive lighting.
  •     Use a slow cooker whenever possible for holiday cooking. A slow cooker uses less energy than an oven, so it's a more energy-efficient way to make mashed potatoes or greens beans.
  •     If possible, use a convection oven over a traditional oven. The circulated air lowers the temperature needed to cook food properly and finishes food faster.
  •     Plan to bake multiple dishes in the oven at one time. For example, instead of cooking each side after the main course, choose side dishes that can go in the oven with the turkey or ham.

First-time home buyers who are interested in a home for the holidays should contact The Federal Savings Bank, a veteran owned bank, to learn about low mortgage rates.

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