What are some electrical guidelines that can help me avoid spending too much this holiday season?
Everyone knows the holidays are all about family, fun, and higher electrical bills. But does this always need to be the case? You might already have made your peace with the idea of having a much lighter wallet by the time New Year’s rolls around, but there are ways you can save. Read on for methods that can help you avoid some of those extra holiday costs.
CHANGE UP THE LIGHTING TO USE LESS ELECTRICITY
The Christmas lights you put up every year might hold a special place in your heart, but if they’re old, they could be wasting a lot of energy. Donate them and go with LED bulbs instead — they can burn up to 90% less energy, and they’ll last much longer as well.
REDUCE ELECTRIC BILLS BY UTILIZING BODY HEAT
Your HVAC system uses a lot of energy, so why not try to give it a rest whenever possible? If you’re entertaining holiday guests, you can turn down the thermostat since the numerous bodies in your home will create heat on their own. You can also use heavy sheets at night so you can keep the house cooler (and more efficient) while you sleep.
BE SELECTIVE ABOUT USING ELECTRICAL COOKING APPLIANCES
There’s usually no shortage of food around the holidays, but your cooking and baking habits do more than fill bellies. They also burn energy, which is why it’s important to be conservative with how you go about making meals. For smaller tasks, try using the toaster or microwave instead of the big oven. You can also try covering pots on the stove with lids to reduce the amount of time needed to get the cooking done.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can cut down on electrical consumption for the holidays, get in touch with Certified Electric today! Our experts can also help ensure your system is safe, so you can have the kind of peace of mind that lets you focus on the festivities.