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How to Save Energy During the Holidays
The lights, decorations, cooking, family get-togethers, and shopping make the holiday season a time where we use a lot of energy. Save money and save energy this season with our Holiday Season Energy Savings Tips!
LED Christmas Lights
According to Consumer Reports, LED Christmas tree lighting can save you money. LEDs use ~ 3-33% less power than traditional lights. Plus, they can last 10 times longer than traditional lights. LED lights are also safer – Christmas tree fires lead to an average of $18 million in damage each holiday season, with hot Christmas lights to blame (NFPA).
Limit times lights are on
It is so tempting that while you only have the house decorated for a month, to keep the lights on all of the time. But you will save energy if you turn off the lights when you are not home and while you are asleep. This is a no-brainer, but you should also turn them off during the day too!
Plan shopping trips carefully, that way you’re not wasting gas
If you have to make a trip to the mall, try to accomplish all of your shopping for those on your list in one trip. This way you will save gas and will not have to make constant trips all over town and use as much gas.
Unplug phantom energy users before leaving house
If you leave the house on vacation for a few days during the holiday season, unplug appliances such as the TV, DVD players, stereos, laptops and desktops, printers. These products amounts to about 10% of residential electricity use (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
Energy Star electronic gifts
Give the gift of energy savings in the form of Energy Star certified products. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average household owns 24 consumer electronics products which are responsible for 12% of household electricity use. Energy Star electronics are up to 50% more efficient than conventional models. Look for products that have the Energy Star logo this holiday season!
Turn thermostat down when you have guests
When hosting a large get-together, turn down the heat a few degrees. The extra body heat from your guests will provide enough warmth to make up the difference! This is especially true if you are also preparing the meal for your guests!
Speaking of preparing meals, it is recommended that you save the oven for big tasks like a ham or turkey. Use the microwave or toaster oven for smaller items that do not require long cook times. Additionally, save time and energy by placing multiple dishes in the oven at the same time.
Another way to keep the thermostat levels down are to simply dress a little warmer. Wear slippers or thicker socks, sweaters and sweatpants, and even a warm hat! You could even snuggle up with a loved one or a pet!