Christmas Tree

The holiday season is upon us and boy, can it get costly! To help out with your energy bill this month, we’ve listed 8 energy saving tips for the holidays. Via Yahoo

Switch to LED lights – Purchase LED Christmas lights for your indoor and outdoor displays. These lights are more energy efficient and can last up to 20 years! Although more expensive initially, LED lights cost less to use and last longer than traditional lights.

Use a timer – Outdoor lights and decorative displays are accidently left on frequently. But, leaving them on all day long can quickly run up the electric bill. This year, plug all your outdoor electrical products into a convenient timer. They’ll turn on and off on their own!

Reflect instead of illuminate – Don’t add more strands of lights to your tree. Instead, get the same effect by using mirrors. The reflection will help emphasize the lights you have, thereby doubling the ‘WOW’ factor. Best of all, you don’t have to run up the electric bill.

Avoid the oven – Instead of cooking everything in the oven, consider the energy saving alternatives. A slow cooker, microwave oven, roaster oven, rotisserie, or even stovetop cooking will cost considerably less.

Wash by hand – Get the kids in on the holiday clean up, and have them wash the dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher. This is a simple way to lower energy costs, although the kids may not like it.

Temperature control – Find a comfortable temperature for the house and stick with it. During the day, a temperature of 68 is recommended, while at night, it’s advised to go even lower. A programmable thermostat can be set to adjust the temperature between day and night for you.

Batteries to the rescue! – If you like the look a lit house from the street, but are afraid of a high energy bill, consider battery operated options. Flameless candles and battery operated window displays look festive, but won’t add a thing to your electric bill.

Change your filter – Change your furnace filter to lower energy costs this holiday. A clogged filter makes it difficult for the furnace to run properly, and can pollute the air inside your home. A new filter won’t cost much and is easy to replace. Plus it will make your furnace work like a charm.