The holiday season is here and we are all feeling holly and jolly. We all enjoy this festive time of year. We enjoy the gifts, the decorations and the visits from family and friends. But unfortunately, the holidays can also bring in additional energy and electricity costs.
Let’s keep your energy bill from getting totally out of hand with our 12 days of efficiency tips. And no, it won’t include a partridge in a pear tree.
On the 1st day: Decorate your Christmas tree with LED lights. They use 70% less energy than older traditional bulbs. So toss those old lights that have been sitting in your attic for years and buy more energy efficient ones.
On the 2nd day: Close your fireplace damper when a fire is not burning. Seriously, what good does it do to leave it open when a fire isn’t lit?
On the 3rd day: Hire a trained professional to inspect your home’s heating system. They will make suggestions on how to make your home’s heating system more energy efficient.
On the 4th day: Turn down the thermostat when you’re hosting those festive holiday gatherings. The heat from cooking in the kitchen combined with the extra visitors will warm your home.
On the 5th day: As a personal Christmas gift, consider purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat for the New Year. That will give you 365 days of energy saving.
On the 6th day: Use a timer to turn off holiday lights during the night when you’re sleeping. After all, Santa knows when you are sleeping and he would be disappointed to know that you left the lights on during the night.
On the 7th day: Still searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family? Consider buying energy-efficient electronics. While shopping, look for the Energy Star logo.
On the 8th day: Protect your home from the outside elements by installing weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky windows and doors.
On the 9th day: Open those blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home. And close them both at night to reduce the unbearable chill from cold windows.
On the 10th day: Many things you purchase as Christmas gifts require batteries, especially kids’ toys. Rechargeable batteries and chargers save energy and they are great stocking stuffers.
On the 11th day: While cooking and baking a holiday feast, instead of opening and closing the oven to check the progress of dishes, use the oven light instead. This will prevent heat from escaping the oven each time you open it.
On the 12th and final day: Hire a professional to conduct an energy audit of your home then watch as your energy savings increase in 2019 and beyond.
You’re already spending enough on gifts, food and decorations during the holiday season so saving a little money on energy costs will be make your checking account look a little better rolling into the New Year. These 12 tips will help you save money on energy costs this year and for years to come.