- Save energy in the kitchen
When you're cooking those holiday meals, take simple actions in the kitchen-like using the right sized pots on stove burners-to save energy and money.
- Install a light timer
When decking your house in holiday lights, use timer controls to lower energy consumption and save money. Timer controls allow you to turn lights on and off at specific times, while staying in the holiday spirit.
- Plug holiday decorations into power strips
Even when you aren't using lights and electronics, they still draw small amounts of energy when plugged in. Use a power strip that allows you to turn the power off easily.
- Use LED lights
Light up your home this holiday season with LED lights. LED lights are sturdier and consume 70% less energy than conventional incandescent light strands.
- Use energy-efficient halogen floodlights outside your home
Halogen floodlights in different holiday colors are a good way to add a festive look outside of your home and use less energy.
- Buy ENERGY STAR® electronics
When shopping for holiday gifts, be sure to ask for ENERGY STAR® home electronics. They use less energy, reducing their impact on the environment.
- Take advantage of sunlight
This winter, open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
- Prepare your windows for winter
Before you curl up on the couch this holiday season, weatherize your windows to reduce drafts.
- Use a fan to circulate heated air
You can use a small room fan or ceiling fan to circulate and distribute heated air. Ceiling fans, when reversed, can push the hot air from the ceiling to the occupied areas of the room. Remember to set fans on low speeds during the winter months.
- Set your thermostat to 68°
You can expect a 3% to 4% increase in energy use for every degree higher you set your thermostat in the winter. Install a smart or programmable thermostat, which will automatically adjust your home's temperature settings when you're away or sleeping.