How to Save Money & Energy During the Holidays
The holidays are nearly upon us, and while spending time with family and friends is good for the soul, blowing your holiday shopping budget on astronomical electricity bills is most certainly not. Here are some easy ways you can increase energy efficiency and help you save money on your electric bill this season.
Decorate with Candles
Candles are a great alternative to electric holiday lights – and won’t cost you a dime in utility charges. Just be sure to keep flames away from combustible materials and high enough so that curious kids and pets can’t get to them.
Set Holiday Lights with a Timer
A timer lets you program your holiday lights to run on an automated schedule so you never have to worry about remembering to turn them on or off.
Look For the Energy Star Label
Energy Star rated appliances and electronics are designed to use significantly less electricity. Sometimes as much as 60% less than traditional devices.
Use Led Lights & Fiber Optic Decorations
Energy-efficient LED lights can cut your electricity usage by as much as 90%
Cook as many dishes as you can all at once. Roast the turkey along with the sweet potatoes, bake dinner rolls and cookies at the same time, and cook pies and casseroles together.
Adjust the Thermostat
When you have a house full of people, you don’t need to set your thermostat quite as high. More bodies mean more warmth, so turn the thermostat down a few degrees and give your furnace and your bank account a break.
Let Your Tree Light the Room
When your tree is on, turn off other lights in the room whenever you can. You will have more than enough light to move around if you need to, and you won’t waste energy using lights you don’t need.