Keeping Your Energy Bill Low During the Holidays
Although the holidays are a great time of year for love, family, and food, the occasion
can potentially be a detriment to your energy bill. With the extra electrical decorations,
increased visitors in the home, and extra use of the oven, your energy use can add up
That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Here are some great energy-saving tips to
employ while enjoying your holiday:
Use LED Lights
LED lights are the way to go for affordable and energy-saving lit holiday decorations.
Not only do they last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, it takes a lot less power
per unit to operate them. Plus, LEDs are more durable and less sensitive to low
temperatures than other lighting.
Use Light Timers
To avoid accidentally keeping your holiday display lights on overnight, install a timer to
switch them off around the time you go to bed. There’s no sense in spending money to
keep them on when no one is awake to see them.
Whenever possible during your holiday cooking, use smaller appliances like the
microwave, toaster oven, or slow cooker pots. These use less energy than your oven
and can be great options for making smaller portions or side dishes.
Use Ceramic or Glass in the Oven
When you are using the oven, choose these types of pans instead of metal. They heat
up faster, so you can cook dishes the same amount of time at 25 degrees less than the
usual temperature. This saves you money without any extra effort.
Use the Oven Light for Checking
Many people don’t realize that simply opening the oven door for a few seconds to check
on foods can use up a lot more energy. A significant amount of heat escapes when an
oven is opened, so it must then work harder to heat back up to the right temperature.
This can be avoided by simply using the oven light as much as possible to check on
Carefully Plan Oven Cleaning
Only use the oven’s self-cleaning feature when absolutely necessary—and when you
do, make sure it’s right after the oven has been used. The leftover heat will help with the
amount of energy required for cleaning.
Remind Guests to Turn Off Lights
You can save over $7 each month in electricity just by turning off at least one light and
one ceiling fan when leaving the room. If you will have extra people staying in your
home over the holidays, remind your guests to be diligent about the “off” switch when
exiting a room.
With a little extra conscientiousness, you can enjoy your holiday season while also
avoiding a surprisingly large number on your next energy bill.