Everybody wants to save on electricity. However, this is sometimes easier said than done, especially during the holidays. The good news is that you can still keep your total electric bill cost down, by using the tips suggested below:
1. MAKE THE SWITCH TO LEDS
If you haven’t yet switched over to LED lights, you’ll definitely save on electricity, by doing so during the holidays. An easy way to start is to replace older incandescent light sets, with newer energy efficient LED sets. Some of the many benefits associated with using LEDs to decorate include:
- Increased safety because of a lower wattage
- Having access to a wide range of colors and light arrangements
- The ability to light multiple LED strands, for what it would cost to light single incandescent bulbs
2. MAKE USE OF TIMERS
Another smart way to reduce your electric bill cost during the holidays, is to use timers. In fact, you may actually have holiday decorations with built-in timer features, you don’t use. Setting a timer allows you to put your lights on only during specific hours.
You’d be surprised at how quickly the savings can add up, from doing this! There are even “smart” outdoor plugs you can use, to control your plugged in decorations remotely from your phone, laptop or tablet.
3. UPGRADE OLDER OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Many homeowners make use of their regular outdoor lighting even more so, during the holidays than other times of the year. This is usually done to make sure outdoor spaces are well-lit for guests.
But if you are relying on the same old exterior lighting you’ve used for years, it may not be energy efficient. An electrician can help you make cost-effective upgrades now, that will give you savings you can enjoy year-round!
4. GET EVERYONE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH ENERGY EFFICIENCY
During the holidays, it’s common to have family members and other guests visit your home. All these extra visitors can mean extra electricity use, and habits that result in wasted energy. You don’t have to discourage holiday visits, just to save on electricity during the holidays. What you can do however, is encourage your guests to:
- Turn off lights when leaving a room
- Minimize door opening and closing as much as possible
- Avoid using unnecessary appliances
5. BE EFFICIENT IN THE KITCHEN
There’s a lot of cooking that’s associated with most holidays, which also means plenty of time spent using kitchen appliances like stovetops, ovens, and microwaves. If you’re not cautious, you could be seriously upping your electric bill, with all that extra cooking and baking. Make your kitchen activities more efficient during the holidays by:
- Placing items that cook at the same temperature in the oven together
- Minimizing refrigerator opening
- Using Energy Star appliances to further optimize your savings
An electrician from our friendly staff can give you some more advice today, if you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, not just during the holidays but throughout the year.
Contact us now, to take full advantage of our home electrical services.