Wed November 27, 2013
Earth Calendar for November 27th and November 28th
The holiday season is a time for joyful gatherings of family and friends. But a house full of guests can also result in higher energy bills and increased water use.
Today's new kitchen appliances use nearly 50 percent less energy than those built just a decade ago. Still, when holiday time rolls around, your energy bills can rise considerably, with your stove, oven, and dishwasher running overtime, and the door to your refrigerator standing open frequently as family members search for hidden treats. Opening the oven door to check on a culinary masterpiece can drop the oven temperature by up to 25 degrees, making your oven work harder and use more energy to stay warm. Use the light to check on food, instead. In addition to your stove, your refrigerator and freezer also get a real workout over the holidays. While newer refrigerators are much more energy efficient than older ones, they remain one of the largest energy consumers in your house, often accounting for as much as 15 percent of your home's total energy usage. Help your refrigerator and freezer operate efficiently and economically by keeping the doors closed as much as possible so the cold air doesn't escape. However, leaving the door open for a longer period of time while you take out the items you need is more efficient than opening and closing it several times. It's easy to keep your refrigerator and freezer full at Thanksgiving. It's also energy efficient, because the mass of cold items inside will help your refrigerator recover each time the door is opened. Don't cram it so full, however, that cool air can't circulate properly around your food.Save H2O. Prepping and cleaning up after a holiday meal can use a lot of water. Save a few gallons by thawing frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of using running tap water. Scrape dirty dishes before you put them in the dishwasher rather than rinsing to save even more. The US Department of Energy provides energy saving tips at www.energy.gov
On Our Calendar: The Campbell County Environmental Education Center invites the public to an indoor presentation about Nocturnal Animals followed by a hike around the interpretive trail to listen and watch for some active night animals! The hike will also include a few exciting experiments. Saturday, December 7th from 6:00 pm-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15th 6:00-8:00 p.m. Campbell County Environmental Education Center is located at 1261 Race Track Road (1 mile east of US 27) Alexandria, KY. Registration Required, Please call (859) 572-2600