The latest Power for Progress column for the Grand River Dam Authority highlights the importance of paying attention to your energy use during the holiday season.

These are great tips for everyone in the Grand Lake area, whether you are a full time resident or are coming to your lake home over the holidays.

I especially like the tip to let the ‘sun shine in’! Opening your curtains on a sunny day is the absolute best way to get warm sunshine into your home and help with daytime heating costs.

On the flip side, you also need to make sure you close those drapes once the sun goes down, as that is an extra insulator to help keep the warm are inside…where you want it!

It also is probably a good idea to have your heating system check by a local Grand Lake heating contractor to make sure things are working efficiently…which also saves you money in the long term

You can read the entire article here, or you can always visit the GRDA website for the latest updates and tips.

Energy tips for holiday activities

Believe it or not, but the holiday season is upon us, bringing with it more opportunities to be indoors, cooking, baking, listening to music, watching television, using electricity (holiday lights) while giving some of us less reason to be outdoors (colder weather).

Because of all this extra indoor activity, the Grand River Dam Authority thought it would be a good time to pass along a few seasonal electricity tips from energy.gov. Keep these in mind as you prepare for, and celebrate, the season with friends and family.Holiday Energy Tips Grand Lake

1.     Getting those holiday lights ready while listening to your favorite holiday songs on the CD player? Considering plugging your lights and your electronics into a power strip and then turn it off during the day or other times when not in use. After all, even when they are not in use, these items can still draw small amounts of unnecessary energy.

2.     Try LED lights for your holiday displays. They are sturdier (not as many busted bulbs) and can last longer while consuming as much as 70 percent less energy than incandescent bulb strands.

3.     Keep the door closed! That does not just mean the front door, to keep the heat from escaping. It also applies to the oven door, for the same reason. Most of us are doing more baking this time of year and we can actually save heat loss and energy by using the oven light, instead of opening the door, to check on the progress of those snowman cookies. Also, consider always using the right-sized pots on stove burners. Even that can help save on energy bills.

4.     Let the sun shine in. Even when it’s cold out, a sunny day can help warm your home if you open the curtains. Then, close them again at night to keep the chill out.

5.     Here’s a gift idea … Home Energy Audit. According to energy.gov, “a home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your home is losing energy — and what you can do to save money — by checking for air leaks, inspecting insulation, surveying heating and cooling equipment and more. By making upgrades to your home following a home energy audit, you could save 5-30 percent on your energy bills.” Visit energy.gov for more information.

GRDA’s mission has always been to be responsive to the interests and concerns of public power users, the communities we affect, and the people of the state of Oklahoma. With that in mind, we are proud to pass along these holiday energy tips and proud to generate low-cost, reliable electric power for our neighbors in the state.

About GRDA:

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.