Christmas is fast approaching and, with all the hustle and bustle, managing your energy spend might not be top of mind. The following tips can help you reduce your electricity usage and lower your costs during the holidays.
Switch to Save
Replace your older lights and switch to Christmas LED lights. Light strings made with LEDs consume up to 90% less electricity and are safer, since they run cooler than older lights and won’t overheat.
Trees and other Christmas decorations which come “pre-lit” with fibre optic lights are also a good choice as they are as energy efficient as LEDs. While the upfront cost for fibre-optic decorations is often higher than traditional ones, they are quite durable. Most are designed to last 20 years or more, helping you save over the long run.
When choosing your holiday décor, don’t forget to incorporate shiny, reflective design elements so whatever lighting you choose appears brighter. Not only will your designs seem more festive, you may be able to get away with using less lighting, and less electricity overall.
Inspect and Upgrade Extension Cords and Power boards
If you’ve been using the same extension cord for years, go ahead and replace it. Broken wires and frayed sheathing are common in old cords, creating a fire hazard and increasing the risk of receiving a dangerous electric shock. Older power boards are also risky, as they weren’t designed to handle the increased load created by today’s electrical devices. Updated, modern multi-plugs regulate electrical current more effectively, reducing the chance of surges that can blow fuses and damage your home’s switchboard as well as the electronics connected to it.
Time Things Just Right
Many of us go away during the holidays, so don’t forget to turn things off while you’re gone. Use a timer to turn off your hot water heater when you aren’t home. Install “smart” devices which allow you to adjust your thermostat, lights and major appliances remotely from your smartphone to better control your electricity usage.
Switch off the lights, TV and other gadgets when you leave the room. Seal off unused rooms by closing the vents, drawing the curtains or blinds and keeping the door shut to reduce the area that your air conditioner needs to cool.
Accept a Gift from Nature
If you have screens in place to keep out unwanted pests, open windows and doors during the cooler morning and evening hours to increase air flow throughout your home and reduce your use of air conditioning and electricity. Unless it’s the hottest part of the day, consider using energy-efficient fans, in the place of air conditioning, to reduce usage and keep your cool.
Many families still prepare traditional or multi-course meals at home during Christmas. Avoid cooking during the hottest part of the day to keep your home cooler, longer. If you can, reheat food on the stovetop rather than in the oven to create less heat and use less electricity. Barbecue food outside for further reductions.
Even small changes feel overwhelming during the holidays because we’re all so busy. However, making these few simple changes doesn’t just lower your electricity during Christmas, it increases everyone’s comfort and safety.
From the Safe & Sure family to yours, we wish you a very safe and happy Christmas!