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Saving Energy This Memorial Day

The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?
With all the time you’ll be spending in the kitchen, be sure to read our guide on saving energy in the kitchen during the summer. Keeping your window and door seals tight, limiting preheating of ovens, and using meat thermometers are all ways to keep appliance running times to a minimum, including your air conditioning.
If you’re leaving town for the weekend, we also recommend you check out Fueleconomy.gov’s guide for efficient driving. Long trips can require hefty gas refills, so using the air conditioning and accelerating only when necessary are a couple easy ways to up the MPGs.
Before you have the entire neighborhood over for your barbecue, consider these few landscaping tips to help keep your home cool and bills to the minimum. Setting up that patio umbrella in a way that shades your home and your friends is a great way to keep everyone cool. In addition, watering your plants in the morning is more efficient in terms of water use—the cooler the weather, the lower the evaporation rate. For more helpful tips, check out our Energy Saver 101 Landscaping infographic.
Some other options for your Memorial Day party guests cool are energy efficient-window treatments and window awnings. Window treatments can keep the boiling summer heat out and the sunlight still shining through.  Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows. Read some more quick energy facts and tips.
For more ways to save energy and money at home, visit Energy Saver.