It’s Christmas time and that means decorations and lights everywhere all over America. While it is fun to make your house light up, higher energy costs are not. If you want to have a cheaper and greener holiday season, try the following:
Decorate with LED lights for the holidays
To keep your energy consumption in check this season, try LED or energy-efficient bulbs for the holidays. New LED holiday lights use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than older, incandescent lighting. Instead of using lights everywhere, go with wreaths, bows and lawn ornaments that don’t use energy instead. Make sure to always unplug your holiday lights before going to bed or leaving the house. Consider investing in a smart plug. Smart plugs monitor your energy usage and break it down into an easy report each month so that you know exactly how much energy your holiday decorations consume. Some smart plugs can also be programmed to run on a timer or manually from an app on your smart device.
Use your Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, make use of it. Not only is it a great way to cut down on electricity, but it can also be an eco-friendly way to heat your home and it’s the perfect festive holiday accessory on top of that! Make sure to reduce heat loss, by keeping the fireplace damper closed when the fire isn’t burning and close doors that are leading into the room. In order to use your fireplace efficiently, consider installing tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room and purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
Adjust the temperature
Adjust the thermostat at night. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, keep your thermostat 7-10 degrees cooler than normal for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your utility bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to change your temperature as needed.
Wear Warm clothes
One of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is to bundle up with warm accessories. It’s sweater weather after all, so put on a cozy winter sweater and warm socks. Keep throw blankets on your couch, and add an area rug to insulate the floor. Use a warm comforter for your bed and buy flannel sheets.
Use the sun for free heat
Don’t forget to take advantage of heat from the sun! Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.