The holiday season is usually a big time for more energy costs. There are a lot of ways to save energy and money during the holiday season though. Here are some energy efficiency tips for the holiday season.
LED Christmas Lights
Why not switch to LED Christmas lights? These types of lights use 90% less electricity than regular ones. Fibre optic trees and decorations are the most energy efficient. In most cases they use a single light bulb located at the base of the unit to light up the whole decoration. LED lights can last quite a long time too (anything between 5-10 years) which is a good thing for your spending and the environment. LED lights are also cool to the touch which also makes them less of a fire hazard than traditional Christmas lights and they are safer for children if they touch them.
Some Christmas decorations don’t require any electricity at all. Wreaths can be used and Christmas ornaments such as the traditional red green and white can also be used. Candles can also add a lovely decorative touch to your home.
Wait until it is dark before you turn on your Christmas lights and always turn them off before you go to bed. If you forget to do this then set a timer.
Turn Off Room Lights
Turn off your room lights when you have your decorations and Christmas tree lit up this should be enough light for you to navigate the room safely.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
Andy from plumbing company HomeGlow Gas Services said “Turn your thermostat down while cooking the all-important, Christmas roast dinner. More bodies in the house too will mean you will not need the house to be as warm as usual, this combined with the cooking heat.”
Use your fireplace, if you have one to heat your home instead of your thermostat but remember to close the flue and make sure that the heat is not escaping through the fireplace when not in use.
Use Your Oven To Heat Your Home
If you have multiple items to cook, use all the areas on your oven. Bake multiple dishes at the same time to save on energy costs. If you are reheating food, then use the microwave rather than the oven as it reduces energy by 50% or more by doing this.
Make Sure Your Dishwasher Is Full
When you have to clean up after all of the cooking and entertaining if you have a dishwasher, make sure it is fully loaded to get the most out of it. This is a great tip as it will take the same amount of energy whether it is fully loaded or partly loaded with dishes.
Use Energy Star Certified Electronics
If you purchase energy star certified electronics such as televisions, DVD players, computers etc these use up to 60% less electric then noncertified devices.
Buy Rechargeable Batteries
If you buy or receive gifts that require batteries, then consider purchasing rechargeable batteries and a charger.