Wondering how to lower your electric bill this holiday season? It’s a time of year where electricity consumption spikes and every penny saved is a reason to celebrate. So, if you want to help offset holiday spending this season, take on these tips on how to lower your electric bill while decking the halls, prepping your home, and heating things up in the kitchen.
Here’s how to lower your electric bill during the holiday rush.
#1: Consolidate cooking and baking.
There’s a lot of cooking associated with the holiday season. Baking, boiling, broiling, and spending time together in the kitchen with family. Consolidating your cooking or baking days can help save on energy costs as opposed to spreading it out through the weeks. Firing up the oven multiple times uses more electric, however, once it reaches the desired heat level, maintaining that heat takes a lot less energy (as long as you aren’t constantly opening the oven door). Whether Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas, try to consolidate your cooking or baking and take advantage of the oven while it’s already on.
#2: Opt for LED lights (and use timers!).
Did you know LED lights last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting and are up to 80% more energy efficient? That means you’ll spend less on your electric bill and you won’t have to replace them as frequently, saving you even more. And if you dislike the cool-colored, blue cast that LEDs often give, there are warm color options that look just like the bulbs you grew up with as a kid. Oh—and don’t forget to make use of timers. They could save you more in the wee hours of the morning when the town is dark and not a creature is stirring.
#3: Go Energy Star.
Oftentimes, couples will forego gifting each other during the holidays and opt for purchasing something new together for the home. If that purchase happens to be a new refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, etc., ensure it’s Energy Star rated. This means your appliance not only helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meets energy efficiency requirements set by the EPA, it’ll help conserve energy and save on your electric bill, too.
By making a few simple changes this holiday season, you can lower your electric bill and save a little more. Browse our blog for more energy-saving tips to keep in mind all year long or give us a call at 856.769.3932.