Save Energy with Your Valentine

Energy efficiency isn't necessarily the first thing on your mind for Valentine's day - however, it's still good to know your romantic day doesn't have to use a lot of energy. Create magical and energy-efficient moments with your Valentine with these following tips.

Stream Your Favorite Date Night Movie

Use your tablet instead of your television. It’ll give you an excuse to get closer to your date, and it’s more energy efficient. 

Why Not Give Your Electronics Instead?

Focus on each other instead by turning off your phone or TV. This will not only save you energy, but it will be a way to connect better without those distractions. Also, if you are heading out for the night, plan ahead to use a power strip and make it easier to unplug and turn off your devices with just one flick of a switch.

Turn Off Your Heater, and Light Up the Fireplace

Instead of turning on your heater, light up your fireplace. The fireplace adds warmth and a romantic atmosphere to your home. Use a long-lasting wood which will provide light and heat for hours, such as oak wood. In addition, use an energy-efficient heat exchanger for your fireplace and make sure to close the damper when it is not in use. You can also stay warmer while cuddling under a comfy blanket.

Bring Out the Candles

Set the mood and create a romantic setting by lowering the lights with a light dimmer, limit the amount of lights you keep on, or use LED lights as a backdrop. Another option is to use soy candles that burn less soot and are from a natural, renewable lighting source or flameless candles.

Choose an Energy Efficient Dinner

If you plan on cooking, take a moment to use energy saving cooking tips. 

  • Use a convection oven when possible and other electric appliances like electric skillets, microwaves, slow cookers, or pressure cookers. 
  • If you need to use the oven, use the appropriate size pan for the amount of food you’ll be cooking and try cooking multiple items at once.
  • For the oven, use a glass or ceramic pan and reduce the cooking temperature by 25 degrees. Keep the oven door closed while cooking.
  • When you’re finished eating dinner, instead of hand washing your dishes, use your dishwasher. Not only does it use less water and energy, but it’ll also give you more time with your Valentine.

Go for a Walk or Bike Ride

Go outside and enjoy each other's company without using any gas in your car. Take a stroll around your neighborhood or city after dinner or a bike ride to a local trail or a nearby scenic spot. It is a date that will give a lasting memory with your partner.