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Spooky Fun Without A Frightening Energy Bill

Posted on 10-10-2014

It’s that spooky time of year when homes are turned hauntingly festive for all the little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets.  Don’t let the extra lighting turn your energy bill into a nightmare.  There are many different ways you can ward off the vampires from sucking extra energy from your home this Halloween.

Holiday decorative lights have gone green.  LED string lights can be found with pumpkins, bats, ghosts and much more while saving on energy.  Turn your indoors into a spooky hue with CFL light bulbs – one color in all the rooms such as purple.  For the outdoors, try a CFL floodlight which uses one-fifth the energy of an incandescent.  For a safer alternative to candles, use LED Christmas string lights in a jack-o-lantern.

Little witches need to find their way to your door without tumbling or stumbling, so light the path with solar powered pathway lighting.  You can also find solar powered lamp post lights, which is a great way to save on energy with outdoor lighting.  Halloween solar lights are available, but one could easily dress up a solar light for ghoulish fun.

When faced with the option of being tricked or giving treats, you are most likely to opt for handing out candy.  If it’s a chilly night, dress a bit warmer and turn off the heat or use the fireplace.  Opening and closing the door all evening can keep the furnace running overtime.  Setting up camp outside to greet the ghosts and goblins while enjoying the company of neighbors will keep the heat where it belongs – indoors!

Put some green into your Halloween by having your kids use baskets or re-usable pumpkins instead of plastic bags.  Use more real pumpkins and gourds and less plastic decorations.  The pumpkins can be used as decoration through Thanksgiving or be composted after the ghoulish fun.  Trade your children’s costumes with friends and family or donate to a local charity.

Make this Halloween a fun and safe night for all while keeping the scare out of your energy bill by following these simple tips.

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