Tip or Treat – Saving Energy on Halloween
October 28, 2014
The Weather Network is predicting snow for Halloween this year! Boo, That’s Scary. For most this means that the trick or treaters will be wearing layers of warm clothing underneath their costumes. What does this mean for you homeowners out there trying to preserve energy on this cold night.
With the door opening and closing upwards of 100 times on Halloween night, there is sure to be heat that escapes from your home. Some tips to reducing this heat loss would be:
- Step outside your door when handing out candy. One of the biggest losses is from the door being left open for an onslaught of children. If you step outside and shut the door behind you your heat loss is significantly less from the furnace having to work harder.
- Do you have a fireplace? Utilizing your fireplace as a viable heat source is another great way of cutting down furnace usage.
- If your fireplace isn’t in use make sure the damper is closed so your indoor heat isn’t escaping.
- Use weather stripping to reduce heat loss through the gaps in the frames of windows and doors. Or make yourself a spooky door snake to block drafts coming from underneath the door. A rolled up towel with some creative eyes and a slithery tongue should do the trick.
- How trusting are you? You could place the bowl of candy outside the door with a sign saying please take one. Remember it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch meaning one devilish child to steal all of your candy from the rest of the children. Another way to be creative with this idea, is to place a limited amount of candy in the mailbox with a sign and dress up as something scary to monitor the action. You should be able to see the children’s hands when pulling out of the mailbox. This way you only need to open your door as often as you need to replenish the candy. Saving energy and money.
Usually homeowners will leave the lights on indoors and outdoors to let trick or treaters know they have a supply of treats. Why not turn the lights out indoors and use candles for a spookier lighting effect and save on electricity. You could also string up some LED festive holiday lights for indoor lighting. Outdoors, consider using solar and LED lights as well to light up the walkways. You can also use these solar lamps to light up Jack O’Lanterns by charging the lamp in the sun throughout the day. This helps with fire safety and you can educate children on energy savings.
Lastly, think about how many homeowners there are in the Waterloo and Wellington Regions. Think about how many houses have one or maybe two pumpkins. Now think about where these pumpkins end up. Does everyone have a compost or use your green bin? Let’s make sure all of these leftover pumpkins get broken up into small pieces and end up at the correct facility.
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