The expense of the holidays isn’t just the gifts. The whole season – from the lighting to the baking – takes a lot of energy that costs you money.
There are some simple ways to trim your energy use during the holidays:
Use LED holiday lights. LED lights use a fraction of the energy that traditional Christmas lights use. In addition, many utility companies offer mail-in rebates on your purchase of these more energy-efficient lights.
Enjoy candlelight. This won’t work for all of your holiday celebrating, but there may be times when a candlelight room is the perfect thing for a cozy evening in. Please remember to never leave a candle unattended.
Use rechargeable batteries. This is the season in which everything requires a set of batteries. Use rechargeable batteries and save some money.
Let your guests warm up the place. When you’re expecting a large group of guests, turn down the heat. All of the warm bodies in your home will bring the temperature up to a respectable level.
Put your drinks outside to chill. You don’t need to have a second fridge for entertaining. Put your beverages outside on your porch to chill in the winter air. Just don’t let them stay out there so long they freeze or disappear.
Use your slow cooker. Slow cookers use a fraction of the energy that a conventional oven uses. Plan your whole meal around the slow cooker and you’ll save time and energy.
Bulk baking. Do all of your baking or cooking in one long session. You won’t have to keep pre-heating your oven and that will save some energy.
If you’ll be traveling for the holidays, you can turn down your heat and shut off your hot water heater, and save some money.
This is a busy time of year. One in which you can spend an incredible amount of time and energy going from store to store. My top recommendation: Shop online. You can even have your gifts wrapped and shipped to save you even more time.