4 Festive Ways to Save Energy this Holiday Season
How early do you start decorating your home for the holidays? Are you the type that goes from pumpkins straight to Christmas trees? Or do you say “humbug” to the holiday fuss until after Thanksgiving? Wherever you fall on the festive scale, decking the halls can make your spirits merry and bright; but it can also leave you with an outrageous energy bill. Here are some great tips that will help you celebrate the season like Clark Griswold while keeping the energy budget to a minimum:
1. Switch to LED. One thing we know is true: Martha May probably didn’t use LED lights to decorate her Whoville home. But you definitely should! By switching to LED Christmas lights, you are using 70% less energy than fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs are also cool to the touch and made of plastic, which reduces the risk of a fire.
2. Use a timer. You may dream of having the most festive house on the street, but keeping your tree lit all day and your outdoor lights on all night can wreak havoc on your energy bills. Energy.gov recommends having on your outdoor lights on for no more than eight hours in the evening and only using interior Christmas lights when you are home to enjoy them. It’s also recommended to turn off any overhead lights when your interior tree is lit.
3. Go (ever) green. If you want to go all in on energy efficiency for the holidays, using natural décor is the way to go. Wreaths, ribbons, garlands, pine cones, candles and tapestries are all great alternatives. Using fiber optic decorations is also a budget-smart option because they use a single light bulb located at the base to light the whole decoration. Feeling extra festive? Add some sparkle by using metallic or glittery ornaments instead of electricity.
4. Cook with caution. The holidays are synonymous with cooking big meals for family and friends. Practice energy efficiency by cooking multiple items in your oven at the same time, and using the oven light to check your food instead of opening the door, which releases heat. Also consider turning down your thermostat if you’re hosting a party. The extra body heat will warm your home and keep it toasty while you’re playing host to your guests.
We know the holidays can be financially stressful. By adopting these energy efficient habits, you can save money that can be used towards gifts, travel or other holiday needs. If you need some financial help to make the season brighter, Telhio Credit Union can make your wishes come true with a holiday loan – with rates lower than most credit cards. For more information, visit www.telhio.org.
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