We’re continuing our list of delicious slow cooker meals, snacks, and desserts for the month of February, and we’ve got some good ones today! These recipes will warm you up from the inside out, and they’ll bundle up your wallet by saving you electricity!
Chocolate Mint Day (Feb. 19) – Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Minter is coming! Fend off the pesky cold with this hot cocoa mixed with a cooling mint accent. Whisk together some sugar and cocoa powder with milk in a 6 quart slow cooker on high, continually whisking to prevent the milk from forming lumps. Add in some salt and vanilla, then cover for an hour and a half. Add chopped chocolate a little at a time until it is all incorporated, then cover for another 30 min. Serve in 8 oz containers along with a couple teaspoons of peppermint shavings until melted for a
Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away; are you amped up for all the love?! Nothing says “I love you” quite like beautiful music, and nothing says “you’re the light of my life” quite like a power ballad. We’ve got some songs we think will put a spark in your night of romance.
Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always be around
It’s no secret that the sun lights up our days and sometimes helps power our homes, but when someone is the sunshine of your life, they are that ray of light that keeps all the darkness away. You’ll always want to be around their love and warmth.
February 11th marks the 169th birthday of Thomas Edison, a man credited with over 1,000 patents, many of which we use in our everyday lives today. Without Edison, our world would be a very different place. Many of his inventions changed the way we live our lives, allowing us to accomplish more in less time.
Edison filed, either on his own or jointly, for 1,093 patents during his 84 years of life. We all know of his biggest invention – the incandescent light bulb – but he was renowned for a vast number of other projects, including the phonograph, movie camera, and storage batteries. He was born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847 as the seventh and last child of Samuel Edison Jr, and Nancy Elliott Edison, but only one of four to survive until adulthood. He did not receive much in the way of a
Ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love of your life? Want to really wow them this year? You can spice up your Valentine’s Day with these handy electricity saving slogans:
Don’t go Baking my Heart
Use slow cookers for a romantic dinner rather than the oven. Slow cookers use very little energy compared to ovens and are a highly efficient way to prepare family meals.
Shocking your Partner with Energy Savings
Switch to a programmable or learning thermostat to reap the energy efficient savings when it comes to climate control in your house. Heating and cooling your home covers about half of your energy bill, and a smart thermostat will give your family a shockingly low bill.
No Commitment? No Problem!
While you definitely want to be committed to the love of your life, your energy provider may be a different story. Check rates as you
Have you ever considered the energy impact of the Super Bowl? Not just in terms of how much energy is consumed by the event itself in the stadium holding it, but worldwide? Practically a holiday unto itself, the Super Bowl is a major celebration in the United States, but there are many people elsewhere in the world that tune in for the 5 hour event as well. And for every TV that tunes into the game, there are several cars driving to a house for a party, numerous ovens, stoves, and microwaves cooking up delicious snacks, and many other energy-consuming activities.
Football stadiums have recently been upping their game when it comes to energy use. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, is hosting the Super Bowl this year and they made a lot of improvements to their stadium to reduce energy, including upgrading lighting and
We’ve got some delicious slow cooker meals, snacks, and desserts for you that will keep you satisfied all February long, and best of all, they’ll save you money by using a lot less electricity than the oven!
Crepe Day (Feb. 2) – Apple-Cranberry Crepes
One might not think of crepes as being a slow cooker recipe, but they’ve never tried this delicious recipe. Using a large baking apple like a Gala or Jonathan as well as a tart apple like a Granny Smith, you can combine them with a quarter cup of dried, sweetened cranberries and some spices to create a wonderfully sweet and tart crepe perfect for a fancy breakfast or delightful dessert. This recipe takes about 2.5 hours and serves 4.
Carrot Cake Day (Feb. 3) – Carrot Cake
This delicious dessert can be made pretty easily in a slow cooker. The recipe starts off
A week from this Sunday will be the 50th Super Bowl, and this year it will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Levi’s Stadium is the greenest and most technologically advanced football stadium in the United States and it will be playing host to one of the largest sports gatherings in the country.
The Energy Efficient Design
Levi’s Stadium was designed with a particular goal in mind: energy efficiency. The stadium cost about $1.2 billion to construct, but its design will save money over time with its upgrades over other stadiums. Its 1.85 million square foot sprawl seats 68,500 people and boasts 165 luxury suites with 8,500 club seats. It sports a 27,000 square foot green roof on the building which houses the suite tower, helping maintain a comfortable internal temperature and reducing energy use for climate control.
The building was constructed using recycled and reclaimed building
Valentine’s Day is just about a couple weeks away, and if you’re wondering what might be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, we have a few suggestions, and many of them have the extra benefit of saving energy! Now that’s a great way to charge up your relationship.
1. Solar Powered Phone Charger Nobody likes to run out of juice in their phone, especially when they are away from their charger. Or maybe they always have their charger on hand, but when the phone is charged, they leave it plugged in. In either case, a solar powered phone charger is just the thing. As long as the sun is out, this charger can juice up your phone, and best of all, it won’t cost you anything in energy use!
2. Tablet Got a tech savvy sweetheart? Tablets are the “in” thing
Looking to score a touchdown at your next Super Bowl party? From cutting back on waste to temperature control, we’re continuing our list of energy efficient Super Bowl ideas that will make your house the winning team on game day.
15) Buy Local – Purchasing locally sourced food and beverages reduces your overall carbon footprint as the products don’t need to travel as far to get to your home.
16) DIY Deco – Instead of purchasing a bunch of decorations and tossing them out, why not try your hand at making some decorations from items you may already have? Football themed utensil holders, plastic bottle noisemakers, and some white tape on a green tablecloth can make an awesome football field table!
17) Carpools – Carpooling takes numerous vehicles off the road and gets four or more people to a destination a lot
Do you already have your plans for Super Bowl 50 on February 7th? What you’re going to make, what TV you’ll be using, who will be coming over, and how you’re going to make it all energy efficient? You might have everything but that last part, but we can help you out with that!
1) Recycling – Recycle aluminum cans, bottles, and any disposable plastic cups you use at the party.
2) Reusing – Cut back on paper and plastic waste by using your own dinnerware rather than disposables.
3) Composting – If you’ve got a lot of food that won’t be kept because it spoils too quickly (looking at you, avocados), you can make a compost pile to get rid of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. As a bonus, it will feed your lawn!
4) Biodegradable Dishes – If you still plan to use disposable dishware for