08 Mar 7 Ways to Save Energy This Holiday Season
7 Ways to Save Energy This Holiday Season
7- Use LED’s – LED holiday lights use up to 90% less electricity than standard incandescent lights. Although the initial cost of LED light strings is higher, they are sturdier and last up to 10x longer. Also, LED bulbs are cooler to the touch than incandescent bulbs, posing less risk of fire.
6- Use a timer – While we all love the look of our house when it’s lit up with sparkling fairy lights, there’s no need to leave them on while you’re in bed. Choose lights with an automatic timer or buy one separately so they’ll switch off after a set number of hours. If you’re still using traditional incandescent lights, using a timer will help ensure that you don’t run up hefty energy bills.
5- Buy ENERGY STAR Certified Electronics – ENERGY STAR certified electronics – TVs, Blu-Ray players, and cordless phones – use up to 60 – less electricity than their non-certified counterparts. Visit energystar.gov for a list of qualifying models, and shop smart.
4- Phantom Energy – Did you know, your equipment use energy even if they’re switched off
Even when switched off, your electrical décor still consumes small amounts of electricity. Curb the waste by plugging all your decorations into power strips. When you switch off the strip, all your lighted paraphernalia will stop draining electricity from the wall outlet.
3 – Reuse / Reuse / Recycle – Reuse as much material as you can from yesteryear’s celebrations. Reduce plastic waste and other harmful material. Avoid gifts that use batteries and promote green gifting, such as table plants, tote bags and more!
2- Bake Several Dishes – We know it’s tempting to keep having a peek at your Christmas cake or turkey, but keep the oven door shut as much as you can. It’s also a good idea to make large batches of food in advance. Don’t put the oven on just to make a few mince pies – stick something else in there with them too.
1- Turn Down the heating when you have guests over – Extra bodies in the house mean extra warmth at no cost to you. The bodies generate heat which means you can turn down the heating and save on energy costs.
Bonus Suggestion: Houses should be built with Zoned HVAC. HVAC zoning system is a heating and cooling system that uses dampers in the ductwork to regulate and redirect air to specific areas of the home. This allows for the creation of customized temperature zones throughout the home for increased comfort and efficiency.