Next to Black Friday, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most highly anticipated days of the year. Not only do you get to watch the big game, but you get to do so by hosting arguably one of the biggest parties of the year! In fact, Super Bowl Sunday parties have become such a big thing that BC Hydro is noticing a spike in energy consumption on this big day. In order to combat some of the energy use and reduce our carbon footprint, BC Hydro released a hilarious and thought-provoking warning accompanied by some relatable statistics.
When it comes to throwing the best Super Bowl party you need food, drinks, and a TV or two. All of these party elements require energy, especially if you have a Margaritaville- which you should if you’re hosting the annual football party.
Even though it’s fun to watch athletes toss the pigskin around while we consume mass amounts of chicken wings, BC Hydro wants us to be a little more energy conscious this year. The company has stated that although electricity use on Super Bowl Sunday does not increase any more than a typical Sunday, it does have an increase in overall home electricity usage starting at around 11 AM.
In fact, in the past four years, the increase has been about eight percent on average.
BC Hydro estimates that this increase in electricity stems from food preparation and pre-game snacking. To put this increased amount of energy into a perspective that we can all understand, the company estimates that this eight percent increase is enough to cook 2.4 million frozen pizzas! That's a lot of za!
In order to improve our energy consumption on this big day, BC Hydro has released a number of tips to help lower your carbon footprint on the big day. Firstly, they suggest forgoing preheating the oven. Unless you're baking something, most dishes don't actually need to be in a pre-heated oven. It may take a little longer to cook but skipping the step of preheating will save you a ton of energy in the long run.
Secondly, BC Hydro suggests that you try to use smaller appliances when you can. This would include using a toaster oven, slow cooker or Instant Pot. All these appliances are a better option as they can use up to 75% less electricity than an oven.
The company also suggested you skip the heart-dry function on your dishwasher as it can cut the electricity use in half! Last, but certainly not least, lower the thermostat to around 18 degrees Celsius. BC Hydro says this is a good temperature to keep your house at especially if you have been cooking.
Once the game starts and everyone's mouths are full, electricity use remains what it would be for any other Sunday. Although a surprising fact, BC Hydro says this is most likely due to people “collectively watching” the game together in one household. This makes sense seeing as there would be fewer screens on during the game than one might expect.
Watching the game is meant to be fun, not harmful on the planet and your wallet! If you're throwing a Super Bowl party, be sure to take the proper steps to ensure your house is eco-friendly.