The winter holiday season is right around the corner and it's usually an expensive time period. Expect to spend money on gifts, travel, parties, decorations—but the cost you'll likely feel most comes in the form of your energy bill.
Use Crock-Pots and microwaves
Use smaller appliances such as Crock-Pots, microwaves, and toaster ovens when possible. Slow cookers are ideal for large and busy families. On average, they will cook a whole meal for about 17 cents worth of electricity. If you're baking or broiling small food items, a toaster oven would be ideal because it consumes one-third the energy of a larger oven. This can be much more energy-efficient for side dishes or smaller meals.
Switch to LEDs
If you're decorating your house or Christmas tree, consider replacing out your old bulbs with LED's (light-emitting diode) lighting. They use 80 percent less energy than conventional tree lights. They may be a bit more expensive to begin with, but they'll save hundreds of dollars over the years.
Wait to Wash
A simple and practical way is to gather everyone together in the kitchen to wash and dry dishes by hand. Don't keep a steady stream of hot water flowing, or you'll end up wasting more energy than you'll save. In addition, wash only full loads in laundry machines and dishwashers. Use the energy saver, air-dry cycle feature in the dishwasher and cold water in the washing machine.
Use Holiday Light Timers
Don't forget to set timers for your holiday displays to turn off periodically, you don't want to accidentally leave them on all night. Look for specific light timers that come in a variety of styles. Determine if your timer is for outdoor lights, indoor lights, certain wattage, etc.
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