The Christmas holiday season is generally a big time for energy use, our homes are filled with family members, friends and relatives, some we’ve not seen in a long time. So we tend to consume more energy especially for Christmas decorations, running water heaters, and preservation of meals but that doesn’t mean it has to be that way.
Here are some tips on how to save money by using less energy, while keeping everyone happy during the Christmas holiday:
Switch to LED Christmas Lights
LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, and can be purchased for around N500 a strand.
Limit the Time Lights are On
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.
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.
Buy Energy Star Electronics
Energy Star certified electronics – TVs, Blu-Ray players, and cordless phones – use up to 60 – less electricity than their non-certified counterparts. Visit the electronic company website of the appliance you intend buying for a list of qualifying models and shop smart.
Keep Lids on Pots
Foods cook faster (meaning less energy use) when the lid is on. Especially when using an electric stove, you want to cook smart, in time and save all the energy you can by keeping the pot closed.
TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on. Be sure to unplug these items before you go on vacation, and enjoy the energy savings.