All of those holiday lights, long nights by the fireplace and late-night holiday revelries can put a dent in your monthly utilities budget. Many people notice that their electric bill hits a high note during the holiday season because all those decorations, lights and holiday activities demand more energy than usual. You can keep your budget on track by making a few simple adjustments to your daily routines – which may include turning off the holiday light show when nobody’s home!
Use these tips and ideas to save money on your electric bill during the holiday season:
1. Do all your holiday baking in one day. Whether you’re baking holiday cookies, brownies or a lineup of holiday pies this season, finish all of your major baking projects all in one day so save energy. Heating up the oven takes up a lot of energy, so keep that oven burning for several hours and bake up a storm of goodies all in one go to save money on the electric bill!
2. Buy LED Christmas lights. LED lights are the energy-efficient option when it comes to Christmas lights, and making the switch this season could save you a significant amount of money on your electric bill. Even though these may be slightly more expensive than regular lights, you may end up saving more money in energy costs over the long run.
3. Use candles to create a festive atmosphere. Don’t rely solely on lights and lighted décor to achieve a magical effect for the holidays. If you live in a hot climate, decorate walkways with a set of candles and use glittering candles to accent the fireplace and other parts of the home. Just make sure you’re extra careful about where you position these, and keep them far away from pets and children over the holiday season. Try battery-powered, flameless candles to achieve a similar effect.
4. Time your Christmas lights. If you’re putting on a holiday light show for the neighbors and guests this holiday season, set them to a timer so that the lights aren’t staying on longer than two to three hours at night. Leaving the lights on all night can make your electric bill go through the roof. Be conscientious about how long the lights stay on if you want to save some money this holiday season!
5. Buy a fiber optic tree. The lights on your tree may be responsible for a high electric bill over the holiday season. Switch to a fiber optic tree and fiber optic decorations and you’ll be using up much less energy. Fiber optic trees are also easier to manage and maintain over the holidays.