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4 Tips to Use Less Energy During the Holiday Season

4 Tips to Use Less Energy During the Holiday Season

There’s something magical about holidays in New York. From beautiful snowy nights to crisp and calm mornings, even the average low temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s in December don’t seem so bad. While festive lights and warm cozy homes bring holiday cheer, they can also bring increased energy bills and a spike in your monthly expenses. To help avoid a massive increase, we’ve put together some of the top tips to use less energy this holiday season below.

Switch your Christmas lights to LED lights

One of the most popular holiday traditions for homeowners is decorating with bright Christmas lights. Even though you can find standard string lights virtually anywhere, you may want to change up to LED Christmas lights which are known to last longer and use much less electricity. With brighter lights at a lower energy cost, the benefits of LED lights are undeniable.

Lower your heat when you have a lot of guests

If you’re hosting holiday events, game nights, or dinner parties, you might want to turn up the thermostat to ensure everyone is cozy but remember that the more people you have in your home, the warmer it will be naturally. Try turning down your thermostat before your next gathering and relying on natural body heat (and oven heat if you’re cooking) to keep your house comfortable and your bills lower.

Use your fireplace

Fireplaces aren’t just for decoration; they were originally invented to warm houses and are a great way to add warmth to a room for a fraction of the cost of an HVAC system. Add some holiday cheer and cozy ambiance with the fireplace and give your heating system a bit of a break for a great way to conserve heat and lower energy bills.

Opt for smaller appliances when cooking

When you’re making large holiday meals it might be second nature to use the oven or stovetop for every task, but you can easily conserve energy by opting for smaller appliances for smaller tasks. Try to reserve your oven for meats and large dishes and use the toaster and microwave for smaller tasks like warming up leftovers, toasting a baguette, and more.

Set a timer for your Christmas lights

Christmas lights don’t need to be on at all hours of the day. In fact, if you set a timer and limit the length of time your lights are shining, you can save significant energy throughout the holiday season. Turn them off manually before you go to bed or set up a timer, so you don’t forget and enjoy the lights when the whole neighborhood is awake.

Schedule maintenance for your heating system

The best way to ensure your heating system is working efficiently at home is to schedule routine maintenance and a coverage plan that shields you from potentially costly repairs. Experts will check your systems to make sure they’re running as efficiently as possible and can help spot any potential breaks or issues so you can gain peace of mind. To discuss HVAC services with an expert in New York from OSI Comfort Specialists, give us a call at 516-763-1400 today!

 

 

 

 

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