Christmas time brings families together with bright lights, fancy feasts, and cheerful songs. Gifts will be exchanged between family and friends, many of them electronics, and home cooked meals will be had. Along with the bright lights, cheer, food, and gifts comes something else: higher energy bills. We’ll look at a few ways to help keep the electric Grinch from ruining your festivities.
1. Holiday Lights — Switching over your old incandescent holiday light strings to LEDs will save about 80% of the energy required to power the old lights. LED strings are much brighter and last about 10 times longer than the incandescent strings, too.
2. Timers and Sensors — Setting your lights on a timer or photocell will help save you energy. You can use a timer to set when lights will turn on and off, and a photocell will automatically turn lights on when it gets dark and turn them off when it gets bright again.
3. Switch non-holiday lights — Switching your incandescent bulbs over to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs will cut back on your everyday energy expenses, even after the holiday season. Each bulb you replace can save at least $40 to $50 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
4. Lights Out — If you have company staying with you this season, remind them to keep lights off in unoccupied rooms to help conserve energy.
5. Oven Baking — If you plan to use your oven to cook a big dinner for guests (or any other time, really), refrain from opening the door to check on the baking. Every time you open the door, it lets heat out and the oven needs to regenerate that heat. Glass and ceramic pans heat up faster than metal ones, and therefore cuts down on your cooking time.
6. Crock-pots and Microwaves — Always use the smallest appliance possible for the task at hand. Crock-pots consume about 100 watts of energy per hour, whereas microwaves consume about 1100 watts and ovens use 2400 watts per hour.
7. Electronics — If you plan on getting electronic gifts for your loved ones, look into more efficient options. For example, laptops use less energy than desktops, and Energy Star rated electronics and appliances are at least 40% more efficient than their unrated counterparts. In addition, unplug any electronics that are not in use, because as long as they are plugged in, they are still consuming some electricity.
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