As a custom home builder with a focus on energy efficiency, we know how important it is to keep energy costs low for our homeowners. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about energy usage. That’s why we wanted to share some energy-saving tips that will help you enjoy the season while keeping your energy bills manageable.
Firstly, ensure your decorative lights are LED lights. They use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. Plus, LED lights come in various colors and styles. You can find them in warm white or cool white tones to create the perfect ambiance for your holiday decorations. LED lights are quickly becoming the norm in most Christmas lights and are easily found at any store selling holiday decor.
Fiber optic decorations are also a great way to save energy. They use a single light source to illuminate multiple strands of fiber optic material, which creates a beautiful, shimmering effect. Plus, they use very little energy compared to traditional decorations.
Putting your lights on timers is another effective way to save energy. Timers can be set to turn off the lights during the day or when you’re not home. There are many great options for smart devices that make this process simple to set up and easy to use at the click of a button.This not only saves energy, but it also extends the life of your lights.
Another great energy-saving tip is to utilize your wood burning fireplace for warmth, comfort and light. Fireplaces can provide a cozy and inviting atmosphere without having to turn up the thermostat. If you have a wood burning fireplace, be sure to close the damper when it is not in use to prevent warm air from escaping.
Lastly, when your house is full of people during the holidays, you can use less heat to keep warm. Body heat from your guests can help keep the temperature comfortable. So, try turning down the thermostat a few degrees and enjoy the extra savings on your energy bills.
The holiday season is a time to enjoy family, friends, and festive decorations. By following these energy-saving tips, you can do just that while keeping your energy costs down. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference in the long run for both saving money and protecting our environment.