Energy Saving Tips for Holiday Entertaining and Decor #GetEnvolved #ProjectEnvolve.

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Energy Saving Tips for Holiday Entertaining 

The holiday season means spending time with family and friends and spreading holiday cheer. That’s why I like to serve quick appetizers and finger foods in my electric dutch oven or crock pot. Save some time and use your smaller appliances (microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker) to whip up holiday-inspired recipes.  Generating the heat to cook all of those holiday treats requires a lot of electricity. In fact, the average kitchen accounts for 15% of your home’s energy use.

My favorite quick appetizer is Ocean Spray Recipe for Ultimate Party Meatballs that can be made in crock pot or electric dutch oven. I love making them and serving them in the same dish. It makes for less energy, less clean up and more time with family.


1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs


Add frozen meatballs, Ocean Spray and Chili Sauce to dutch oven. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally. Make sure to lower dutch oven to warm while serving.

Slow cooker Preparation: Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH. Makes 30 appetizer servings.

 IMG_5089Energy Saving Tips for Holiday Decor

 It’s time to take a cue from good ol’ Clark Griswold. You can have a gorgeous holiday display without sending the electric meter spinning. Educate your readers on the benefits of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and illustrate how you’re using them this holiday season. Remember: They use 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent light strings, last about 10 times longer, are cooler and are more durable all while still being super-bright! Also, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED holiday lights only cost 27 cents to run for 12 hours a day for 40 days, compared with $10 for incandescent bulbs. That’s a pretty big deal. I’m sure you can come up with something you’d rather put that $10 toward than your electricbill. I know I can. And because LEDs last longer, you’ll save year after year. Do some homework, share some fun facts and talk about your holiday lighting plans.

This weekend, I plan on starting my holiday decorating with a new wreath purchased as a school fundraiser. I am either going to put  LED string lights around the wreath or around the door. I will post what the final decor looks like when finished.


Here are some Tips from Project Envolve

    • Use timers on indoor and outdoor lights.
    • Reduce standby power and save money. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn it off when they aren’t in use.
    • Use natural sunshine during daytime.
    • Replace your five most used fixtures with ENERGY STAR® fixtures.
    • Use LEDs for your holiday decorations. They last longer, run cooler, and use just 15-20% of the electricity an incandescent light bulb uses.

†Check out the PPL Electric Utilities Pinterest board for more holiday tip


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