Saving Energy during Christmas

by Donny on December 7, 2011

It’s already December which means it’s time get into the Christmas spirit. Putting up a tree with lights, and lights on and around the house with a Nativity scene in the yard and Santa Claus on the roof can be fun, but extremely expensive for the electricity bill. Having said that, I decided to give a few tips to help you stay in the Christmas spirit without seeing your energy bill go through the roof:

•    Leave your lights off during the day. To many people, this might seem like common sense. What’s the point of having the lights on during the day though? They look great lighting up the night’s sky which is also when people are driving around looking at lights. In fact, it’s recommended you limit the time the lights are on to no more than six hours.

•    Use candles as decoration. Of course, be careful and avoid getting candles close to the tree, but candles can make for a beautiful decoration, and they also provide a cheaper solution than constantly using light bulbs.

•    We all know to turn off lights in rooms not being used which is extremely useful, but I’m going to take it a step further and say turn off all the other lights when the Christmas tree is lit up.

•    Use LED Christmas Lights. It has been said that LED lights use up to 90 percent less electricity than traditional Christmas lights, and are pretty affordable.

•    Use Fiber Optic Decorations. If you use optic fiber decorations, there’s no way you won’t notice a decrease in your electricity bill. Usually fiber optic items use only one bulb for the whole item.

•    Lower your thermostat when you have a lot of people in the house. Body heat will make it warmer in the house.

•    If you have a fireplace, use it. This will help give heat to everybody in the house and it certainly beats using an electricity heater.

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