6 holiday hacks to help you sleigh energy savings 6 holiday hacks to help you sleigh energy savings

6 holiday hacks to help you sleigh energy savings

Use these tips to create a holiday energy-saving checklist, and don’t forget to check it twice

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, energy use can increase because of holiday get-togethers, decorations and cooking. Keep your energy costs under control this season with these six tips for conserving energy at home over the holidays.

Lower the thermostat before holiday gatherings


Holiday cooking and extra warm bodies automatically raise the temperature in your home, so you can save by turning down the heat when guests arrive.

Put lights and decorations on a timer

Use timers to control the amount of time your holiday lights and displays are in action each day, turning them on when it gets dark and off at bedtime. Fewer hours = less energy use on your bill. Find more tips for safe, energy-efficient holiday lighting.

Deck the halls with LED Lights

LEDs are ideal for tree and holiday lighting since they are brighter, can last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, use a fraction of the energy of conventional bulbs (about 75% less) and stay cooler, reducing risk of fires. 

Adjust your indoor lighting to account for your glowing decorations

Set the holiday mood and reduce energy usage by turning off household lights and letting your holiday LED lights shine as the main lighting source.

Bake several dishes at the same time to reduce energy use from your oven


Use room-temperature ingredients and cook multiple dishes in your oven at once to conserve energy. And don’t open the door to peek – keep the heat where it belongs. You can also save by turning the oven off 10-15 minutes before the dishes are done to take advantage of residual heat. Find more energy-efficient cooking tips here.

Use a smart thermostat while you’re traveling or gone for periods of time

If you travel during the holidays, remember to adjust your thermostat. Making the temperature just a few degrees cooler will have a significant impact. Set the fan to “auto,” not “on.” Five more tips to save energy while traveling.

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