3 Terrific Tips for Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
We all have that member of the family – the one who unwraps presents really carefully so the paper can be saved for another year. Traditionally, this person has probably been the butt of many jokes; however, the waste produced over the holidays is no joke at all.
Did you know that most American households generate more than 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve than at any other time during the year? In fact, if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials it would save about 45,000 football fields worth of wrapping materials!
While the seasonal increase in trash is a relatively tangible result of our holiday excesses, our increased energy usage can often go unnoticed – at least until our heating and electricity bills surprise us in the following month. So, we want to share three key ways you can be more energy efficient while still enjoying this holiday season!
1) Opt for LED Lighting
The most obvious energy-efficient solution would be to decorate your home with few or no lights at all. But I must confess: this isn’t a very appealing option. and we aren’t even a household that goes all out at Christmas! So if you are partial to a light or two adorning the inside and outside of your home during the holidays, just make sure that they are the most energy efficient option – strings of LED lights. This lighting technology can be close to 80% more efficient than old-school incandescent bulbs, and they have a much longer life, so you’ll save money on replacement bulbs as well as on the amount of energy used for your holiday decorations.
2) Set Your Decorations on a Timer
Put all your lights and your holiday decorations requiring power (such as your giant inflatable Santa lawn ornament) on a timer. Delightful and festive though they are, they do not need to be powered 24/7 for the entire holiday season. There is unlikely to be anyone admiring your lights at 3 am, unless your local raccoons are feeling particularly active during their holiday party.
3) Wear Seasonally Appropriate Attire
When the weather turns cold, resist the urge to crank the temperature setting on your heater just so you and your family can keep you comfortable wearing t-shirt and shorts. Instead break out the winter wardrobe and wear it inside the house, while also digging out those extra-warm blankets from the closet to use on your bed. Keeping yourself warm doesn’t have to be the sole responsibility of your heating system!
Do you have any suggestions on how to stay energy efficient during the holidays? Share with us in the comments, and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!