Holiday energy conservation
For a quick and tasty meal, use a pressure cooker instead of an oven. You'll use up to 70 percent less energy by sealing in the hot air. Learn more.
Making pies? Don't peek! Cooking temperatures can drop as much as 50 degrees every time the oven door is opened, causing the oven to reheat. Learn more.
Try not to "window shop" with the refrigerator or freezer door open, or you'll lose your cool air, causing the motor to run more often. Learn more.
Open draperies and blinds during the day to allow sunlight and heat to help warm your home. Close them at night to reduce heat loss. Learn more.
Use light emitting diode (LED) lights for your holiday displays and you'll consume 90 percent less energy than incadescent bulbs. LED lights don't get hot so you won't be risking burnt fingers! Look for in-store rebates and save even more. Learn more.
Reduce air leakage around windows to help keep your heating and cooling costs low. Your home will be cozy for the holidays...and every day. Rebates may be available when part of a home insulation project! Learn more.
Housing guests over the holidays? Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators that will help you use less water and save on water heating costs. Learn more.
Do-it-yourself conservation videos
Standby power consumption table
Tips for saving energy
Tips for buying and using portable space heaters
Do-it-yourself guide to sealing and insulating with ENERGY STAR
Homeowners' guide to energy savings
OTPCo Minnesota conservation program
OTPCo South Dakota conservation program
U.S. Small Business Administration energy-efficiency tips
Energy Hog Busters Training Camp
Energy information and activities for teachers
Check out our video to learn how to insulate the rim joists of your home. Click here for more conservation ideas!