KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 22, 11:30 a.m. – As you decorate for the holidays and celebrate with family and friends, remember that extra cooking, activities and people in your home can cause your electric bill to go up.
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) offers these simple tips to help you keep your energy costs down during the holidays:
• When baking, set the oven dial at the exact temperature you intend to use. The oven won’t heat up any faster at a higher setting.
• Don’t preheat the oven unless the recipe calls for it specifically.
• Don’t open the oven door unnecessarily. Every time you do, the temperature drops about 25-30 degrees, and more energy is used to generate the desired level of heat.
• Turn the oven off about five minutes before items are done to let the remaining heat complete the job.
• When baking, fill the oven with as many items as can be cooked at one time. Bake double or triple batches of recipes at one time to save energy.
• Use glass or ceramic baking dishes in the oven when possible. Glass retains heat better than other materials, so it helps food cook faster, and you can reduce oven temperature by about 25 degrees.
• Never attempt to use an oven as a source of home heating.
• When cooking on top of your range, match the size of the pan to the heating element. More heat will get to the pan and less will be lost to the surrounding air. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste over 40 percent of the energy.
• Use lids on pots and pans on the stove to prevent heat loss.
• When cooking, use no more water than you need. More time and energy is needed to heat extra water.
• Use your microwave oven as much as possible when cooking holiday meals. It uses up to 75 percent less energy than conventional ovens.
• Allow hot food to cool before placing it in a refrigerator or freezer. Your appliance will have to work harder to cool down hot food.
• Keep the refrigerator full, but not overcrowded. Empty or nearly empty refrigerators do not operate efficiently. Freezers, however, work best when completely full.
KUA and its 300 employees wish all of its customers a safe and happy holiday season.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties. Visit www.kua.com for more information.
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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116