Friday, October 28, 2016

5 Energy Efficiency Tips For Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching. This is a great day to have some fun with friends and family. From tricking or treating to scary movies, there are many ways to celebrate Halloween at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you are staying in and passing out candy or you are hosting a Halloween party, your heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks has five energy efficiency tips for this spooky day. 

1. Keep The Door Closed

The best way to keep the heat inside is to keep your door closed. Opening and closing your door for trick or treaters can let out a lot of heat. When the streets begin to fill with little ghosts, witches and ghouls, instead of constantly opening the door, you can make sure your furnace doesn't work overtime by passing out candy outside. Grab a blanket, jacket and chair and greet the kids on the driveway.  The weather is looking good so far for Halloween, so gather a few friends and enjoy the cool, fall evening together. After a successful night, you can come inside and enjoy your warm house!

2. Use Candles In Pumpkins

After spending time carving your pumpkin, you'll want the right lighting to set the mood. There are many different ways to light a pumpkin. However, the most energy efficient way is with a traditional candle, as it doesn't use any electricity or energy. If you decide to use a candle in your pumpkin, there are a few things you need to be aware of though. Make sure you keep all flammable objects away, such as dried hay and corn husks, which are often used in Halloween decorations. If your pumpkin will be outside, make sure to keep the leaves cleared away. In addition, it is important to make sure to extinguish the flame before going to bed so it is not lit all night.

3. Turn Off Decorations

After the night's festivities are over, remember to turn off or unplug any decorations that use energy.  Leaving these decorations on throughout the night consumes a lot of energy and can result in an increase in your utility bill. 

4. Light It Up

There are many different ways you can save energy and make the night a bit more safe for the kids. Make your walkway safer for trick or treaters by using solar lights to mark your driveway. Solar power lights collect energy throughout the day and shine brightly at night without using any energy. Plus, you can get creative and use them as part of your Halloween decorations. Luminarias are also a good way to light up a path and save energy. Fill the bottom of a white paper bag with a little bit of sand, place a small candle inside and light it up. You will have a beautifully lit path that is also festive! 

5. Keep It Cool

If you are throwing a Halloween party, you are probably doing some cooking and baking to make sure your guests have food and treats. Do yourself (and your guests) a favor and turn the thermostat down by a couple of degrees. Don't let it get too warm in your home and take advantage of the extra heat provided by your appliances and all of your guests. Turning your thermostat down beforehand will help keep your guests comfortable and it will help you save energy. 

Have A Safe And Spooky Halloween!

Royal Heating & Air wishes everyone a Happy Halloween! Hopefully, with these tips, you can save energy and have some fun. If your HVAC unit needs to be serviced before it gets too cold, make sure that you call your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC repair company at 573-480-4313.  From maintenance to installing new units, Royal Heating & Air is here for all your HVAC needs. 

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