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Festive Ways to Warm Up to Energy and Cost Savings this Winter!

Festive Ways to Warm Up to Energy and Cost Savings this Winter!

When Clark Griswold set out to make his holiday light display the brightest in the neighborhood, you can bet that saving energy and money were the farthest things from his mind! But, this holiday season, we’re all trying to be a little greener, while keeping our homes comfortable and beautifully decorated.

Can it be done? We know they may be favorite holiday colors, but can you actually save a little green, so you’re not seeing all red when your energy bill arrives?

Here are a few tips for conserving energy and cash during the holiday season:

The first step to saving is knowing where and how much you’re spending, right? Take a close look at your utility bills and notice not just how much you owe, but how you’re consuming energy. Your electric bill should show how many kilowatt hours you use and your gas bill should show how many therms you’re using. Of course, usage changes with each season, but knowing is a great way to monitor and alter your usage.

Now, that you’re in the know, it’s time to examine your “glow.” Are you still using the same holiday lights that you were using 10 years ago? If so, an upgrade to LED holiday lights can save you about a tenth of the energy that you’re currently using to show your holiday spirit.

Another inexpensive way to control your energy usage is by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. By programming your heat, you can make sure that your home is warm when you want it to be and that you’re conserving energy when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.

Proper home maintenance will also help you save on your heating bill. Replacing your furnace filter regularly (read: monthly) is a great and safe way to make sure that your furnace is running efficiently. Even paying close attention to your window coverings will help conserve energy and minimize usage. During the day, when the sun is out, allow that warm heat to seep in by opening blinds, drapes or shades. At night, when winter’s chill tries to sneak in, close them tightly to keep your heat in.

Finally, if you’re not saving this year, make sure that you are next year by having your home energy consumption assessed during warmer weather. New windows, additional insulation or a furnace replacement are all options for greater savings in the long run. If you’re currently enjoying the rustic appeal of a wood-burning fireplace in your home, you may want to consider a more efficient wood or gas stove.

There are many ways to keep frightful winter weather outside and make sure that your home is warm and bright throughout the holiday season and all winter long. A little attention, some proper maintenance and a few possible “green” upgrades are all great ways to make sure the only red you’re seeing is on your favorite holiday sweater. Happy home heating!