As Labor Day approaches, it’s time to throw that end of summer bash. While making your preparations, consider an energy efficient celebration this year. You can have a great time without breaking the bank when it comes to your power bill. Here are some helpful tips to put on a party that has flair without making that electric meter soar.
Make it a cookout
When the cooking is done outside, you’ll trim your energy bills in more ways than one. You won’t be running the stove in the house, you can keep the lights turned off, and will have no need to run the air conditioner full speed if it’s a hot day. Most people will agree that there is nothing like food cooked on the grill and that barbecues are synonymous with summer. If the party runs into the evening hours and cooler air sets in, light a blaze in the fire pit or outdoor fireplace to keep everyone toasty.
Use tiki torches and candles
Rather than string lights during your Labor Day celebration, break out the tiki torches. You can find an assortment of styles to turn your backyard into a festive party scene. Enhance the atmosphere even more with the mesmerizing light of candles as they flicker on your tables. If you have a pool or pond, consider tea lights as another addition. Line your path with the soft light of candles placed in white paper bags. If you’re worried about a fire hazard, opt for battery-operated lights.
Use a cooler and tub
Rather than sending everyone back and forth to the fridge with drinks, load up a few coolers or tubs with ice. Fill them up with cans and bottles, effectively providing your guests with a self-serve open bar.
Use a tent
If you’re worried about the weather, you can always rent a party tent. You’ll be prepared for anything, from wind to rain, when you have a spacious tent in your yard. If you have a gazebo, take advantage of that space as well. You could use it to set up your food buffet.
If your party does have to be held inside, place fans throughout your home in strategic locations to help keep your guests cool. It will cost you a fraction of the expense of putting your air conditioner on full-blast.
Have a garage party
You can save yourself money and energy when you throw your party in the garage as well. Open the door, clear out your space, and voila! You have party central without everyone trucking back and forth into the house.
No matter how you plan to celebrate, have fun and stay safe this Labor Day.
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