Energy Saving Holidays
Posted on 12-03-2020
All those decorations that light up may be causing you to feel more hum bug than holly jolly, but there are ways to help ease the holiday season impact on your energy bill. You can still enjoy a season of merry and bright without breaking the bank.
You've heard that LED lights can reduce the amount of energy used, but did you know that it can be a reduction of up to 90% when compared to incandescent lights? So, switch out your old lights for the new LED bulbs which stay cooler and reduce the risk of fire hazard in your home and business.
Opt for power strips to plug in multiple lights and decorations to cut back on energy waste. When you plug directly into the wall outlet, energy is being sucked out even when decorations are turned to the off position. With a power strip, once the switch is turned off, there's no draining energy.
Timing really is everything when it comes to energy savings. Using timers will help keep a schedule of when lights go on and off instead of waking up in the morning only to realize you'r outdoor lights stayed on all night because you forgot to turn them off.
Lights that run on batteries such as a strand of fairy lights to give a wreath a nice glow will really help reduce the cost of brightening your home or business during the holidays.
Cooking Made Easy
Live in a warmer climate? Use the grill to cook instead of the oven. Give the crockpot more time than the oven to cook meats, stews, and casseroles. It uses less energy than constantly turning on a big oven. Toaster ovens also work great in heating up or baking smaller portions. Give your oven a break this holiday season.
We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!
Did You Know?
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina produced about 20 million megawatts at its peak, about 17 hours before landfall. That approaches 1,000 times the capacity of Louisiana's entire fleet of power plants (26,000 megawatts, as measured during peak summer months).