Can you really save energy on Thanksgiving Day with everything going at once? Yes, you can. There are tricks you can employ that allow you to turn your heater’s thermostat down and turn off electronics to reduce power demand. Thanksgiving is food, fun, and family, and these tips from Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling will help you get through the day without sending your heating bill to the stratosphere.
Use Heat to Your Advantage
You’ve got three kinds of heat on Thanksgiving Day you can take advantage of to heat your home: oven, stove, and body heat. Some homes get so warm throughout the day, people actually open their windows – even in Michigan! If your kitchen is enclosed, place fans outside the door and throughout the home to draw the cooking heat to other areas. If your kitchen isn’t enclosed, the cooking heat will naturally permeate throughout the home, but turn on all ceiling fans with the blades rotating clockwise to push rising heat down so people remain warm and comfortable.
Body heat also warms up your home on Thanksgiving Day. Depending on how many people you cram into your living space, you may find you don’t need to run your heater at all. If you’re a house that enjoys alcoholic beverages throughout the day and at Thanksgiving dinner, keep in mind this will warm people’s bodies. When you combine all of this, you can turn down your thermostat so your heater doesn’t run as often because everyone will be plenty warm with the added heat from cooking, festivities, and the sheer number of people in the room.
Play Football Instead of Watching It
Another way to reduce your energy bills on Thanksgiving Day is turn off the television sets. Even on ECO modes, these beasts can use up unnecessary energy, especially if you have the games on with full surround sound through your home theater system. Rather, start a new family tradition and play football outside. Yes, it’s cold, but you can take it! This not only gets everyone moving and boosts their appetites for the wonderful Thanksgiving meal; it also gives those slaving away in the kitchen peace and quiet. Turn off the electronics and play!
Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling in Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids, MI, wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you, our customers. Call us at 517-507-4174, 269-290-7844, or 616-828-5411, respectively, if you have heater trouble prior to Turkey Day or just want to make sure everything is okay with your unit.