The holidays are fast approaching, and this time of the year is one of high energy use. Whether you’re turning on your heat more often, baking up a storm, entertaining family and guests at your home, or even just putting up holiday lights, there is a good chance that your energy usage will increase during this time of the year. However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can work to reduce your energy costs this holiday season.
3 Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays
Here are a few ways that you can cut back on your energy use this holiday season and lower your energy bills:
Use LED holiday lights or non-lighted decorations.
A cheerfully decorated home is one of the first signs that the holidays are here. One way to save energy this holiday season is to use décor that does not require electricity such as tinsel or garland. If you can’t imagine the holidays without the colorful lights, consider using LED holiday lights. LED holiday lights use up to 90% less energy than traditional holiday lights. These are a great alternative to less energy efficient holiday lights, and they can be used both inside and outside the home.
Drop the temperature on your thermostat.
The higher you set the thermostat, the higher your energy costs will soar. Though you want keep your family warm and comfortable during the holidays, there are ways to do this without breaking the bank. Try bundling up by putting on an extra sweater or sharing a blanket with a loved one. Perhaps spend some time outdoors around the fire. Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat when leaving the house to save energy while you’re away. A programmable thermostat is a great choice for those who want to be able to control the temperature while away.
Avoid using inflatable lawn ornaments.
It seems that inflatable snowmen, penguins, and reindeer are all the rage during the holiday season. Though these lawn decorations might be cute, they are certainly draining your bank account if you leave them inflated on a regular basis. Instead, opt for lawn decorations that don’t need to be plugged in. They can look just as nice without using any energy. If you must have your inflatable Santa Claus, make sure to unplug it during off hours or only plug it in when you will be outside to enjoy it. This can help you cut down on the energy you use to inflate your holiday lawn decorations.
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