How to Save Energy During the Holidays
The holidays are a great time to build fond memories with your loved ones, whether you are baking a large pot roast, synchronizing string lights, or watching the kids run around with their freshly unboxed widgets (or dad’s fancy new drone).
At BVSM, we’d like to share our tips on how to save money during the holidays with energy-efficiency tips that keep the merriment going. If you are looking for specific ways to save energy costs through your HVAC system, you may want to read more about how to save on heating while keeping warm.
5 Ways to Save Energy During the Holidays
Are you looking for ways to save energy during the holidays? Here are 5 ways you can save energy this holiday season:
- Unplug All Electronics Not in Use
How much can you save by unplugging appliances? If you think about all the electronics and devices that continue to hum in the night long after you fall asleep, you can come up with a startling idea. Especially before leaving for a vacation, make sure to unplug from any “phantom” energy, even if your devices aren’t turned on.
- Invest in a Light Timer
This trick often gets missed by younger homeowners who are setting up Christmas lights for the very first time, but it can be useful for any homeowner, regardless of the season. Whether you want to be the next Clark Griswold or keep it simple this holiday season, applying a timer to your lights will help you save energy, even when you forget to turn the lights out on your own!
*Extra tip: Did you string Christmas lights this year? Remember, 3-6 hours of daily use is more than plenty to display your holiday cheer at the times most people are awake to appreciate it.
- Purchase Energy Efficient LED Lights
According to an article by Energy.gov, LED light strings last longer, are safer to use, and are a small fraction of the price of traditional incandescent light strings when compared by daily energy use standards. Although LED Christmas lights have a higher initial price, the difference they offer in overall savings makes them a no-brainer for any holiday decorator.
- Keep the Lid on Cooking
If you don’t love homemade cooking on the holidays, you’re doing it wrong! One of the highlights of any holiday party is tasting fresh-baked cookies or chicken pot pie. This year, conserve energy by keeping the lid on your pots and pans to encourage faster cooking and have your loved ones bake holiday treats in larger batches or back-to-back to get the maximum use of your oven while it is on.
- Go Wireless
Everyone loves sitting around a wood-burning fire or snuggling up next to candle-light and their favorite book. This holiday season, pay attention to the little things you can do to save money on energy costs. Buy gifts without batteries, teach your guests to shut out lights in rooms that aren’t in use, and if you have a crafter in the family, request a homemade scarf!
Heating Services in Beaver County, PA
Enjoying the holidays is easier when you don’t have to worry about your energy bill. At BVSM, we like to help our local homeowners in Monaca and the nearby area save money on their energy bill with heating and cooling services they can count on in all seasons. From boiler and furnace repair to HVAC installation and replacement, we have you covered.
If your energy bill is unusually high this month, or you are trying to keep costs down, contact our NATE-certified technicians to help you today! We offer quality HVAC services in Monaca and throughout Beaver County, PA.