Having the family over? Some small ways to save that add up

(NC) As the days get shorter and the temperatures cool, a cozy dinner is a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. Whether it’s game night, book club or just catching up, as the host you’ve probably factored in the expenses, from food to wine to décor. Still, there are some easy ways that you can save some money while enjoying a fun evening.

  • Looking for that warm glow? Switch out old bulbs for Energy Star LED lightbulbs labelled warm or soft white. They have a traditional warm, cozy feel and are best for living rooms.
  • Is it too warm in your home? Before your guests arrive and you start cooking, turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees. Between the heat generated by your oven and your guests, you’ll quickly make up the difference on your thermostat. Or use your programmable thermostat to do the remembering for you.
  • Did I take that out of the fridge? Avoid opening and closing the fridge multiple times, since each time the door is opened, the cool air needs to be replaced. It’s always a good time to make sure the fridge and freezer doors close tightly. Close the door on a five-dollar bill. If it falls out or you can easily pull it out, it’s time to adjust the doors or the gasket.
  • Need to reheat? Use the microwave instead of your oven whenever possible. Microwaves use less than half the energy of an oven and cook for a shorter period of time.

Making small changes can add up to savings over time, not just while you’re playing host. If you think that additional energy saving upgrades are out of reach, see what you may qualify for at affordabilityfund.org.

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