What’s synonymous with the holidays? Christmas trees, presents, lots of food and unfortunately, higher electric bills.
During the holidays we spend a great deal of energy decorating our homes, yards, and having family get-togethers.
So how can you conserve energy during the holidays?
These 7 energy saving tips can help you get started:
Instead of buying the usual lights for your decorations this year, why not try using LED lights. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Controlled by computer chip technology, they don’t emit any heat.
In the short-term LED lights cost more. However, they use less energy and will save you money with your electric bill.
These coiled bulbs provide brighter light and use fewer kilowatts. CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Light. Like LED lights, they cost more. However, they use less energy and last much longer than traditional light bulbs. Less energy usage means a lower electric bill
Instead of turning the thermostat up or down, try keeping the thermostat at a constant temperature. Every change we make to the thermostat, means more energy to meet the new temperature setting.
If you live in a very warm climate try room darkening shades or thermal backed curtains.
These help to circulate the air in the room and save you money. Control the temperature by using these fans instead of adjusting the thermostat.
Using a conventional oven can heat up a home considerably. Many meals can be made using a smaller oven called a convection oven. Like traditional toaster ovens, these can be placed on the counter top. Not only are you not heating up the kitchen, you’re using less energy.
Many local power companies will come out and perform a free energy check for your home. They will inspect your home and determine how energy efficient it is.
One small way to easily start saving energy in your house is just replacing your traditional lightbulbs with CFL light bulbs. As each of your traditional light bulbs start to burn out, replace them with CFL light bulbs. Over time, you’ll start to notice that you’re changing light bulbs less frequently. And, you’re saving energy too.