Whether you’re traveling, baking fruitcake or throwing a great party, the holidays can be a time when our energy use escalates. Fortunately, there are some pretty easy ways to save energy during the holidays.
1. Use LED lights.
You’ve got a gorgeous tree and you want to make it sparkle. Pick up a strand a strand of LED lights instead of traditional bulbs. They only use about one-tenth the amount of energy as their incandescent counterparts, last a long time and are virtually maintenance free.
2. Now turn them off.
Add a timer to your lights on your tree. You can program them to come on at dusk and twinkle for a few hours. This way, even if you have too much eggnog, you won’t forget to turn them off overnight.
3. Check the thermostat.
If you’re roasting chestnuts on an open fire, then adjust the thermostat accordingly. Even adjusting the heat by a few degrees can make a big difference. And though it might not make sense, opening the nearest window to the fireplace will allow it to draw colder air from the outside rather than drawing in already heated air. Depending on the size of your family gathering or party, you could probably do without any heat at all. All those extra bodies means extra heat.
4. Send ecards.
Many of you will frown at the idea of skipping such a lovely holiday tradition, but skipping sending holiday cards is a great way to reduce energy. Fewer cards means less paper, and there are plenty of free ecards available.
Do you have any energy saving tips of your own? Share them with us!
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