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How to Save Energy in Your Home During the Holidays

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to save energy.

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to save energy.

Saving energy translates into saving money, and that’s always a good thing, right?
 
But let’s be honest, the holidays may cause you to be using more energy.
 
Want to know the secrets of keeping your holiday energy bill low despite the increase in energy usage?
 
This post will show you how.

Buy LED Christmas lights instead of incandescent lights

According to energy.gov, LED lights only use a fraction of the cost of incandescent lights.
 
So, how much can you actually save? 
 
Energy.gov states that the estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days is $10.00 with incandescent C-9 light and only $0.27 for LED lights. 
 
LED lights also last 25 times longer than incandescent lights, on average. So that means you will replace your incandescent lights 25 times before you need to get a new string of LED lights!

Turn down the thermostat when you have guests over

If you’re having guests over, turn down your thermostat a few degrees before they arrive to save on energy. With extra bodies comes extra heat, so you won’t need to use your furnace or heat pump as much.

Unplug energy vampires

Conversely, if you’re going on vacation to be a guest at a relative’s house, unplug the “energy vampires” in your home .
 
These are electronics that “suck” energy like you’re using them even when you’re not. 
 
Some of these Energy Vampires include:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Video Consoles
  • DVD/Bluray Players
  • Chargers

According to ENERGY STARvampire energy use can cost your Sarasota household $100 a year.
 
Separately, these might not seem like much, but when you add them up it can result in sizeable savings. Especially if you keep it up every Christmas.

Additional Reading

After you buy your new LED Christmas lights, make sure you use them properly and aren’t making these three dangerous mistakes
 
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