10 Energy Saving Tips for Your Home During the Holiday
1. Use LED light bulbs in holiday decorations. Using LED lights are 80%-90% more energy efficient than regular light bulbs!
2. Turn your heat down if you have guests over. The warmth from body heat should keep the space warm. Or light your fireplace instead.
3. Use a timer for lighted decorations both outside and inside.
4. Holidays are the time for baking! Cook multiple dishes in the oven at once to conserve energy.
5. Only run your dishwasher with a full load.
6. Don’t open the oven to check on food, instead turn the oven light on and use that to keep an eye on things cooking in the oven.
7. If you go on vacation during the holidays, make sure all electronics are unplugged. If you leave things plugged in they are considered “vacation vampires.” Plugged in items still consume a lot of energy even if they are not on. A big one is your computer! Make sure your computer is completely shut down and not just on sleep mode.
8. Practice green gift giving! If purchasing appliances, check to see if they have the Energy STAR label.
9. Use rechargeable batteries in household items that need batteries.
10. Combine errands to reduce the number of times needed to go out.