Five Easy Tips For Holiday Energy Savings

Guest Writer Maggie Baker

The holidays are here, and along with all the family visits, good food, and extra cheer, the holiday season usually comes with a hefty energy bill. More people in the home means more usage of everything, plus decorations draining on electricity and burning through gas running errands around town. Not only is this excessive energy usage harmful to our environment, but also it will drain your wallet. Here are some easy tips to help you save energy (and money) while still enjoying the holiday season.

  1. Switch Out Your Holiday Lights

There are many ways to adjust your usual lighting traditions in favor of saving money on electricity and reducing your overall energy footprint during the holidays.

      Skip the Christmas lights. Instead opt for decor that doesn’t add to the electricity bill like garlands, ornaments, and candles and other DIY decor projects that can be a fun tradition for the whole family.

      Solar lighting. If you’re not quite ready to let go of the added sparkle, try purchasing Christmas lights that use solar fuses allowing them to soak up sunlight during the day and stay on all night.

      LED lighting. LED Christmas lights are much safer than incandescent ones and although the initial price point is a bit higher they end up using 80-90% less electricity. Considering most houses usually leave lights on for 12 hours or more everyday for over a month, savings will add up.

      Fiber optics. Yet another energy-efficient lighting strategy is to try a fiber optic artificial tree this year. Fiber optic trees and decorations are the ultimate in energy efficiency. Usually, they can light up the whole tree using a single bulb at the base of the tree and can be set to change colors too.

  1. Turn Off Household Appliances

Everything tends to be a little extra during the holidays. People coming and going and rushing around, lights and appliances can be forgotten and left on unnecessarily. There’s no need to resort to eating by candlelight. Make a conscious effort to walk through the houses periodically to turn off lights in empty rooms and unplug appliances, electronics or charging devices that aren’t in use. If you are going on vacation this year, unplug phantom energy users, such as TVs, DVD players, computers and printers before you leave.

  1. Cook Efficiently

Use your multitasking skills in the kitchen. You can bake more than one thing in the oven at a time, permitted they use the same temperature (you may need to rotate the racks depending on what you’re making). And don’t peek! Every time you open the door the temperature inside drops by as much as 25%, thereby requiring more energy to get back up to the correct temperature. Instead, use the oven light to check on your goodies.

  1. Drive Smart

Between the added driving to stores to get gifts and do holiday shopping, shuttling family to and from the airport and attending holiday parties the car will likely be getting double its normal use. Several cold-start trips will use twice as much fuel as a longer trip of the same distance while the engine is already warm. When possible plan on combining multiple errands into one trip to be as efficient as possible. If everyone needs some last-minute gifts from similar places, take one car, split up to shop then rendezvous back for a carpool home. No spoilers needed.

3.     Change Up Your Heating

Not everyone has access to a nice ambient fireplace but if you do, the holidays are the perfect time to fire it up, literally. With guests coming and going as well as cooking for the holidays, your water usage can easily spike. If you lower your water heater temperature by just 10 degrees, you can lower energy usage by 3 to 5 percent with no noticeable negative effects. Lowering the thermostat by just one degree can also decrease your household energy usage by about 3 percent. There’s no need to turn the house into a freezer, but when else are you going to be able to wear your favorite holiday sweaters.

The holidays can be expensive for so many other reasons. By using some or all of these tips, you can really cut down on the bill at the end of the month. Just by being conscious and proactive you can worry less and spend more energy enjoying the time with family.

What ways do you save money during the holidays?

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