How to Use Less Energy During Christmas Holidays

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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.

 

 Use Fiber Optic Decorations

 

Fibre optic trees and decorations are the ultimate in energy efficiency. In most cases, they use a single light bulb located at the base of the unit to light the entire decoration – now that’s energy smart and budget-smart!

Limit the Time Lights are On

 

Wait until dark to turn on your Christmas lights and 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.

 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.

 

 Bake/cook Several Dishes at a Time

 

The holiday season is a big time for baking and cooking. Make the most of your oven and the energy that goes into heating it, by cooking several dishes at once. Remember: it takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearly-empty one.

 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.

 Unplug Phantom Energy Users Before You Go On Vacation

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.

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