Last week, our family took a drive to look at some Christmas decorations in the area. We found one home that had probably the largest, most elaborate (and beautiful) display I think I’ve ever seen. One of my first thoughts was wondering what that family’s electricity bill looked like for the month of December. My next thought was that even though we don’t put up lights to attract neighbors to come stand outside our house, we do use more electricity.
So here are a few tips to help keep that electricity bill in check while you participate in the festivities of the holiday season.
1. Use LED lights. Did you know that LED lights use 90% less electricity than do regular Christmas lights? It’s worth making the switch.
2. Limit the time your lights are on. The goal is to have them on for six hours or less. So, turn them on when it gets dark and off when you head for bed.
3. Maximize the lights you have. Unless you’re reading or need more lighting, use your tree lights and turn off all the other lighting in your living room. I like doing that because it’s pretty and festive, plus it saves energy.
4. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. My parents taught me this one! And, I have done this religiously throughout my life, as a result. But you know how difficult this is when you have children? They leave the lights on all the time, even during the day! So, I’ve added, “Did you turn the lights off?” to the list of questions I ask after, “Did you flush?” It would be funny if it weren’t so real. In any case, we are getting much better at that now.
What do you do to save on your energy bill at this time of the year?
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