Once Black Friday hits, shopping en masse begins all across the globe. The lights go up at shopping malls and homeowners quickly follow suit. But how can homeowners save energy during a season that is known for extravagant decorations and jaw-dropping lighting? We’ve got five tips that any homeowner can implement to increase the savings without sacrificing the fun.
1. Choose decorations that don’t require electricity.
Tinsel, miniature figurines, and ornaments are just a few examples of festive decorations that don’t require an electric outlet. Spend some time with the kids making crafts that they can proudly display around the home. These decorations will be fun to make, family-centered and memorable.
2. Use LED lights.
For decorations that require lights, choose LED. You’ll pay more upfront for the decorations, but you’ll be saving in the long run. LED lights consume 80% less energy than incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer. Switch to LED Christmas lights and you’ll see a big difference in your electricity bill at the end of the month.
3. Less is more — no need to overdo it with the holiday lights.
If you’re not planning on entering a neighborhood contest for the best-decorated house this season, then maybe you don’t need to go overboard with the outdoor lights. Of course you can still decorate the front porch with decorative furniture and pillows. Hang a wreath over the front door and replace your doormat with one more festive. Simple, energy-saving decorations can still create a festive look.
4. Unplug appliances and electronics before leaving for a vacation.
If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season, then consider unplugging appliances and electronics like toasters, blenders, hairdryers, TVs and computers. Even if they’re powered off, plugged-in devices can still slowly drain electricity and waste energy.
5. Give green.
This tip is simple and effective. If you plan on gifting electronics or appliances, then look for the Energy STAR label. For gifts that require batteries, choose rechargeable ones (where compatible). They can be reused many times and last longer than regular batteries. Not only will you be making a smarter shopping choice, you’ll be helping that special someone save energy, too.