Dreaming of a “Green” Christmas?
Tips to Save on Home Energy Use during the Holidays
- Start with an Energy Audit: to identify problem areas, you may want to consider scheduling a home energy audit from All Cozy Homes. Our specialists can provide an insulation check to verify how much insulation you already have, locate areas that require sealing, and make recommendations for improvement. By sealing any leaks in the home envelope, your insulation will deliver greater benefits.
- Light up the night! But not your electric bill! If you decide to channel your inner Clark Griswold this Holiday season, then make sure you use LED holiday lights. On average, LED lights use about 90% less electricity than traditional decorative lights do. They’re not expensive either, so homeowners will actually save money in the long run by replacing the traditional lights they already have… not to mention you won’t spend all weekend untangling them!
- Timing is everything! If you’re like a lot of folks and love driving up to your home after work and gazing upon all of those beautiful twinkling lights, you don’t have to leave them on all day. Instead, put all your holiday lights on timers. One of the quickest ways to burn through your electricity usage is to leave your decorative lights on constantly. A timer will turn them on right when you want them on… and off before you go to bed without having to remember to do it yourself.
- Whether you have an electric heat pump or a natural gas furnace, you can save quite a bit of money by installing a programmable thermostat. Like the holiday light timer, installing a programmable thermostat will ensure that your heat isn’t running at full capacity when it doesn’t need to be. For example, when you’re at work during the day, a programmable thermostat will turn the heat down for you.
- If you go over the river and through the woods to visit Grandma during the holidays, make sure you unplug what are called “phantom” energy users before leaving town. Most electronics use energy if they’re plugged in, even if they’re not turned on. You can save energy by simply unplugging things like your TVs, computers, printers and DVD players before you leave town for the holidays. This can also prevent them from becoming damaged by a power surge while you’re gone too.
- Just like your thermostat, you can also save dollars by lowering your water heater temperature.Turning your water heater temperature down by just 10 degrees can save you approximately 3-5% in energy costs. So, changing it from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can save up to 10% of otherwise wasted energy. Not to mention that this could help prevent Uncle Charlie from howling out loud after accidentally scalding himself in the shower!
Take advantage of these energy-saving tips, and you should breathe a bit easier when those January bills roll in!