We love the lights of Christmas. They bring a special glow and warmth to our family holidays. They also add to our energy bills! Here are ten ways to enjoy the glow of the season and still save energy:
1. Switch to LED Christmas Lights
LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, and can be purchased for around $10 a strand. Because they use less electricity, you can string more lights together.
2. Use Fiber Optic Decorations
Fiber optic trees and decorations are the ultimate in energy efficiency. In most cases, they use a single light bulb located in the base of the unit to light the entire decoration – now that’s energy smart and budget smart!
3. Limit the Time Lights are On
Wait until dark to turn on your Christmas lights; then, turn them off before you go to bed. Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal to aim for. Do you have trouble remembering to turn your lights on and off? Then, set a timer, and forget about it.
4. Turn Off Room Lights When the Tree is Lit
The lights on your Christmas tree should provide more than enough lighting to navigate around the room.
5. Decorate with Candles
Christmas lights are nice, but so are candles. Set up luminaries along your walkway and lit candles throughout your home to achieve a beautiful holiday glow, without adding to the electric bill. Always be careful in using candles.
6. Turn the Thermostat Down When You Have Guests
Extra bodies in the house means extra warmth at no cost to you.
7. Buy Gifts that Don’t Use Electricity or Batteries
According to energyquest.ca.gov, 40% off all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. That’s a lot of money spent on batteries, and a lot of energy used! Buy energy-free gifts, and skip the expense entirely.
8. Invest in Rechargeable Batteries and a Charger
If you buy or receive gifts that require batteries, consider purchasing rechargeable batteries and a charger. Recent advancements have made rechargeable batteries better than ever.
9. Buy Energy Star Electronics
Energy Star certified electronics – TVs, DVD players, VCRs and cordless phones – use up to 60 – less electricity that their non-certified counterparts. Visit energystar.gov for a list of qualifying models, and shop smart.
10. Take a Walk to See the Christmas Lights
Weather permitting, leave the car in the driveway this year when you go out to look at Christmas lights. A walking tour of your neighborhood will be just as fun, and won’t use any gas.
Tips taken from Save Energy During the Holidays article.