Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is sharing simple strategies to help customers use energy efficiently while preparing for the big game. Add an energy-saving MVP to your trophy case with these go-to tips from our playbook.

Run a savings sweep by opening curtains
Sub Mother Nature in for the furnace by pulling curtains and blinds open when it’s sunny out, which can naturally warm up a home. Close them at night to block the heat from leaking outside.

Change momentum with a thermostat reverse
Earn a road win by turning the thermostat back 7-10 degrees from your normal setting when you’re away from home. It’s an effective way to manage heating costs and avoid heating an empty house or stadium.

Put a star-studded device in the starting lineup
Electronics and small appliances like cellphones and coffee makers can drive up energy bills when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Sack wasted power by unplugging them or putting them on a smart power strip, which can turn them off automatically.

Several plugs plugged into a power strip.

Move the chains with the microwave
Prepare gridiron grub efficiently by using microwaves and slow cookers. They use less energy than an oven and are great options for small snacks and dishes.

Call an oven option
If you use the oven to help prepare your game day spread, turn on its light to check cooking progress instead of opening the door. Your food will cook quicker, and you’ll avoid fumbling away extra heat and energy.

Create home-field advantage with fans
Ceiling fans play both offense and defense, cooling in the summer and circulating warm air during the winter. In the winter, run your ceiling fan clockwise on the lowest setting. This pushes warm air down to prevent the thermostat from going up.