Saving Energy During The Holidays


By AFN Media

Save a little extra money for your holiday party or the perfect gift by making your home more energy efficient. The less you spend on the power bill, the more money you have to make merry the season. 

 

1. LED lights are the best way to go when decorating your home and that includes the lights in your home. LED lights are reported to use up to 90% less energy than standard lights. 

2. Limit the amount of time your holiday lights are on. Wait until it is dark before plugging them in then switch them off before going to bed.  Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal to aim for. Do you have trouble remembering to turn your lights on and off? Then, set a timer, and forget about it.

3. If your Christmas tree is lit then turn the lights around it off, it should provide enough light in the area to see around the room. Plus it will make that tree glow!

4. Candles are also a nice way to add to the holiday feel, and it won't add to your electricity bill. Use caution though with candles; we don't want any fires starting.

5. Having extra guests over for the holidays? Perfect, this means you can afford to turn down your thermostat a little bit. Extra people means extra warmth around your house.  For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.

6. Want to see the neighbors Christmas lights? Feel free to take a stroll, not only are you getting some needed exercise you are not wasting any gas from your vehicle. If it's cold outside, bundle up!

7. If you can bake it all at once, do it. The holiday season is a big time for baking. Make the most of your oven and the energy that goes into heating it, by cooking several dishes at once. Remember: it takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearly-empty one.

 

8. Going out of town? TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on. Unplug these items before you go on vacation, and enjoy the energy savings.

9. Keep your lid on! If you are making food, keep the lid on while cooking. It will cook faster, and that means less time using the stove. 

10. Finally, ask Santa for energy star rated appliances. Old appliances can use a lot of energy while adding energy star appliances will be much more efficient.