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Simple Energy Saving Tips for the Holiday Season
Between cooking larger meals, hosting extra guests and decorating with lights, it’s not uncommon to use more energy during the holidays than any other time of the year. The good news is that with a few adjustments, you can conserve energy and keep your utility bills lower than years past.
Consider these simple tips for using energy more efficiently this holiday season:
Decorate with candles
Lighting candles in place of electricity to illuminate a room is an easy way to cut energy costs while creating a warm holiday ambience in your family gathering areas.
Use LED lights
Compared to incandescent lights, energy-efficient LED lights consume up to 90 percent less electricity and last up to 10 times longer. They’re a great investment and easily pay for themselves in money saved on utility bills.
Turn down the heat
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If you will be hosting a large holiday gathering, turn your thermostat down by a few degrees to keep guests comfortable and your heating bill in check. A programmable thermostat can also be helpful for overnight or when you are at work for the day—lowering the heat while you’re away and warming it back up again when you wake up or return home. You can save up to 2% for every degree you lower your thermostat.
Much of your rising energy costs can be blamed on cooking during the holidays. To cut down on extra power used, do all of your holiday food preparation in a single day. Keep the number of times you open your refrigerator door to a minimum, and use your microwave in place of the oven whenever possible. All of these small changes in your holiday baking regimen can make a big difference in your energy bill.
Turn off the lights
Don’t leave your decorative lights on if you’re going to bed or not at home to enjoy them. Turn your lights off when you leave your house, and set timers so the lights will shut off automatically before bedtime to conserve. As a general rule, limit light displays to evening hours.
This season, give yourself the gift of a low energy bill. By following these basic tips, you can reduce your energy use and save your wallet without sacrificing any of that holiday cheer.