Holiday Energy Consumption: Decorating With Holiday Lights

Once Thanksgiving is over (though sometimes well before it even happens), the festive, colorful holiday lights come out and decorate houses all over town. If you’re looking to string up the lights and light up the tree, the type of bulbs you use can affect your yuletide revelry. Older incandescent light strings can use up to 10 times more electricity than LED bulbs of the same number and size.

There are three main sizes used for decorative lights: Mini, C7, and C9. Minis are the smallest bulbs that are commonly used for tree lights, while C9 are the largest of the group and are commonly used for lighting houses and outdoor displays. As expected, the larger the bulb, the more energy they use, but how much exactly?

Mini bulbs use the least amount of energy.  A 100 bulb strand of mini incandescent bulbs consumes about 40 watts

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Holiday Energy Consumption – Cooking Up the Meals

One of the biggest energy hogs of the holidays is the holiday ham, or your traditional holiday dinner of choice. Cooking up big meals puts a lot of strain on your energy bill, especially when the oven, stove, microwave, and toaster are all going at once. There are a few ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed while preparing a feast, and we’ll give you a taste of them so you can save big.

Oven

○     Keep the door shut while in use. Every time the door is opened to check on the food, you lose about 25°F worth of heat the oven then has to make up for.

○     If you have enough room to, bake multiple items in the oven at the same time to cut down on cooking time and energy consumption.

Stove

○     Match your pan size to the burner size. A

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10 Tips to Save Electricity While Traveling for the Holidays

The holiday season is always filled with travelling, whether it includes vacations or visiting family. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, and if you’re going away this week or around Christmas time, these tips will give you some insight on how to save electricity this holiday season.

1. Flight Itinerary — If you’re visiting multiple locations, minimize the impact you have on flights by staying longer in a location rather than making numerous short trips. Air traffic accounts for about 10% of global emissions and this is increased with short distance trips.

2. Luggage — Reducing the weight of your luggage also reduces the amount of energy consumption and emissions for flights. The heavier the cargo bay is, the more energy needed to generate lift.

3. Travel Arrangements — Look for hotels,

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Turkey Day Safety

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and while many are finalizing the counts of who will be showing up for the massive feast, it’s in the interest of everyone’s safety to make sure that this Thanksgiving is a safe one. There are a few ways to keep safety at the top of the list of things to be thankful for while keeping the delicious food coming.

Thanksgiving often revolves around the huge meal that gets set out, and in that poses the biggest threat to fire safety. When preparing your turkey dinner, make your kitchen safer by keeping it as clutter-free as possible. Check all of the appliances you will be using for a UL mark. This mark certifies that the appliance has been tested and meets specific safety standards. If you were planning on frying your turkey, consider roasting it instead. There are no UL

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Myths Busted: Staying Warm During Cold Weather

Keeping warm is probably the biggest challenge of the winter, but home heating contributes to about half of your energy bill. To combat this, many people have followed some home heating myths that have actually hurt them. We’re here to help bust these myths and show you how you can keep warm and save money at the same time during cold weather.

MYTH — Save energy by keeping the heat off all day and night.

Especially in northern states, like Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ohio where there is a chance of your pipes freezing in the winter, turning off your heat completely is a really bad idea. Besides the possibility of a burst pipe, heating your home from a state where no heat has been used at all is more costly than keeping the temperature even.

MYTH — Fireplaces will save money over gas or electric heat.

In the

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Decrease in the Cost of Heating for Winter 2014

Winter is almost here and most of the United States started feeling the beginning chills last week, which led to heaters being cranked up. Heating accounts for about 50% of our energy bill in the winter, but there are ways to reduce the amount of money you’re spending to keep your house warm. In addition to that, crude oil has come down a fair amount recently and is expected to be lower than it was last year. This is going to go a long way toward keeping energy costs down this winter, even as much as a couple hundred dollars.

If you’re looking to keep warm while keeping your home’s energy use down at the same time, you’re in luck. A few simple steps can be taken to maximize the energy savings of your home in the winter. For starters, wearing more layers of clothing rather than cranking up the

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The Shopper’s Guide to Saving: Holiday Essentials

The biggest holidays of the year are coming up fast, and Source Power & Gas is here to give you a few tips on how to save some green this season on holiday essentials. One of the worst things we can do for a major holiday (or any major celebration) is wait until the last minute to start preparing. Having everything completed ahead of time will not only save you headaches, it will actually be cheaper in most cases.

Supplies
The holiday season certainly sees more than its fair share of food, from turkeys and ham to desserts. Baking supplies go pretty quick as we get closer to each holiday, so stocking up sooner rather than later will save you from trucking all over for the last pie crust in town. Grab sugar, spices, and everything nice that you’ll need to bake the perfect dessert early

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ERCOT Announces that Texas Electricity Reserves Look Good for the Winter

As we start heading into the winter months, it is good news to hear from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that energy reserves are in good supply. This winter is not expected to be as cold as last winter. Texas also has a larger generation capacity than it did in 2013, the 29th coldest winter in Texas, and doesn’t expect to reach the peak demand that it did last year.

For much of central Texas, temperatures will remain pretty close or just below normal this coming winter. Eastern and southern Texas will see temperatures a few degrees lower than normal, with the coldest temperatures being experienced in the Houston and Galveston areas. As far as precipitation goes, southern Texas from around San Antonio to Brownsville is expected to receive more than normal. Most of the central latitudes of Texas from Galveston to Dallas will be

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World Kindness Day: Making Someone’s Day Better

Have you ever been in line at your favorite coffee shop and the person ahead of you paid for your purchase? Maybe someone held a door open for you? If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone completely unknown to you put a smile on your face just for the sake of seeing you smile, you’ve experienced a moment that World Kindness Day is all about.

The World Kindness Movement officially launched in Singapore on November 18, 2000, and has been a source of inspiration in its 17 member nations all over the world. How can you participate in the World Kindness Movement? Be kind! The objectives of the movement are to bring awareness and share the experience of kindnesses all over the world. There are a lot of ways to be actively involved and spread kindness to anyone that you meet.

If you tend to

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Smart Home: The Technology Making This a Reality

If you’ve been dreaming of a smart home like those seen in countless science fiction films, the future is not far off. Five technologies we have today can contribute to the home of tomorrow. As our world becomes more interconnected, we gain the ability to remotely operate devices in our homes, even when we are away. With this technology, the future of smart homes could make life a little bit easier for everyone.

Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. This little device can serve as the central hub of controlling your entire home. It can easily control the many devices in our home, from televisions to light bulbs. Any one of the most recent phones from major manufactures would be more than capable of managing your home smart systems, even while on the go.

Smart televisions have provided consumers with an all-in-one platform for entertainment

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