Get what you really want this holiday season by reducing your energy costs so you can save your money for what really matters.
That time of year is upon us again, when we all want to spend money on Christmas but don’t want to throw our budget out the window. We wanted to share some money saving tips with you, so that you can spend what you want, and not pay for it after the holidays are over. Electricity can bump up during the holiday season, and for good reason. Here are some ideas.
- Buy an artificial tree that will last years instead of a real tree. Or, if you must have a real tree, then buy a living tree you can plant outside, or after you are done using the tree, dispose of it at a wood chipping facility.
- Consider using less lighting in your indoor decorations. You could opt to use candles at night to light up the room where the tree is. You could also opt to use LED lights to decorate rather than traditional lights. These are much more energy efficient and will save you a great deal of money when you make the switch.
- Plug the indoor and outdoor lights into a timer, so that you can control when you are using more electricity. If you aren’t home, there’s no use having the lights on. Set the timer so that once it’s dark outside, your lights turn on.
- When you do have your tree lights on, turn off the other lights in the room. This will save money and makes for a very pleasant atmosphere for your family to enjoy. It never hurts to watch your light usage in other rooms of the house, when nobody is in them as well.
- When you have family over for gatherings during the holidays, turn the air down. When you have more people in the house, you will likely not even notice the difference in temperature.
- Don’t use your oven or stove for all of your cooking. You can use electric skillets, the microwave, slow cookers and roasters that use much less electricity to power. If you do have to use your oven, try to cook multiple things at once, so that you don’t have to run the oven longer than you need to.
- After everyone is finished eating, opt to hand wash the dishes. Fill the sink up and use what you need. Or, if you have a dishwasher, most models these days have energy efficient settings. Just make sure that you do not overfill it with dishes or under fill it. That will just result in a waste of water and electricity.
- When doing your holiday shopping, attempt to either get it all done in as fewer trips as possible, which will save you gas, money and time. Or, shop online. You can skip shopping lanes and traffic altogether.
- Try to see where you can trim money off your budget, especially when it comes to outdoor lighting. Less can be more. You could also choose to use decorations that use solar energy instead of electricity.
- If you have solar panels on your home, then you are already doing something that will affect your holiday savings in a positive way. Solar power generation is much less expensive and the benefits of having a solar system are endless.
All of these tips together can help you save money during the holiday season. There’s no reason you need to stress about how much money you spend on electricity usage and the like, when there are helpful tips and strategies like these that are designed to help you save money. We hope that you think smarter and more green this holiday season.