For many households, energy costs increase during the holiday season. This could be caused by more individuals staying inside with the heater, lights and TV on when it’s cold outside.
More people are usually at home during holiday breaks, and there’s an increase in family and friend gatherings. Also, the days are shorter so most people keep their homes well lit for longer than during the summer months. Even more obvious than all of these is the prevalence of lighted decorations. Save yourself the grief of high energy bills this holiday season by taking some advice from Benchmark Electrical Services.
Alternative Holiday Decorations
One of the most energy-saving options for decreasing your electricity bill this holiday season is to incorporate decorations that don’t require an outlet. Here are some holiday lighting and décor options that are energy conscious.
- Reflective ornaments and décor. Choose a mixture of shiny or sparkling objects that reflect light.
- Mirror balls
- Glittered ornaments
- Candles are a classic lighting option. Practice fire safety around any lit candle and teach young children in your home to do the same. Candles come in two varieties, live flame or battery operated.
- Decorate without electricity and incorporate old-fashioned favorites.
- Evergreen and dried botanicals garland
- Popcorn, cereals and cranberries garland
Home Energy Tips
Unwilling to forego the light show this year? Here are some tips on how to save a little energy this holiday season.
Switch to LED Lights
LED lights are the most efficient holiday lights. They use less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last for years. They are also safer to use around the house since they don’t heat up. Not only are holiday lights available as LEDs, but you can also upgrade your home’s lighting to be more efficient, saving you money throughout the year.
Set a Timer
Your light show does not need to run all night long. Visitors and neighbors can enjoy your efforts after the sun goes down, but everyone eventually needs to sleep. Save money on your electricity bill by setting a timer that will turn your lights off before you turn in for the night.
Use a Power Strip
Keeping your lights plugged into a power strip and then turning off the strip is a convenient way to shut your lights off all at once. It also prevents your lights from leaking small amounts of energy from the outlet even when they’re turned off.
Turn Off Ambient Lights
Your holiday tree, candles, lit-up mantle display and other twinkly light sources make your living spaces brighter than usual. Turn off the side lamp or overhead light and let your holiday decorations light up the space.
An Efficient Holiday
There are more options than ever before when it comes to decorating for the holidays. With a little forward-thinking and creativity, you can save money on your energy bills while still showing off a beautiful holiday display. For more home tips or help installing energy-efficient lighting in your home, contact us at Benchmark Electrical Services today.