- Let candles light your way – There’s nothing that looks more elegant or traditional than candle lighting
around the holidays. They also burn electricity-free. Just remember never to leave your candles lit when no
one is around. And keep them out of the way of pets and small children.
- Consolidate your oven and kitchen appliance use – Remember, a nearly empty oven expends as much
energy as one that’s full. Set aside a day for holiday cooking or baking and you’ll make more efficient use of
your kitchen appliances. Also, use smaller and less energy-wasteful appliances, such as microwave ovens
and toaster ovens, when appropriate.
- Turn down the thermostat when entertaining – A home full of holiday partiers or dinner guests can quickly
heat a space. Your guests will appreciate it when you dial down, and you’ll save money too. Smart products
such as the
Google Nest Learning Thermostat and the
Honeywell Home T9 Thermostat with Sensor are
essential to efficient temperature control. Easily preset your thermostat or program it from your
smartphone to always have the most comfortable holiday temperature reading.
- Check out the neighborhood lighting on foot – Is it a tradition in your home to all hop in the car to see your
neighborhood’s most breathtaking holiday lighting displays? This year, consider taking in the scene on foot,
perhaps after a filling holiday dinner. You’ll enjoy the exercise, get a closer look at the lighting displays and
spend nothing on vehicle fuel. Everybody wins.
- Use Energy Star® electronics this holiday season – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards
its Energy Star® certification to the most energy-efficient electronic appliances and devices. . Energy Star®
products can expend up to 60% less energy than non-certified devices. Would an Energy Star® refrigerator
make a great holiday gift for someone close?
- Unplug to conserve energy – Whether or not your appliances and devices are Energy Star® certified, they
still consume some electricity even when turned off if they’re plugged into the house current. The savings
stack up when you unplug the televisions, radios, computers, printers and other devices when not in use.
We think you’ll find that none of these money-saving, energy-conserving tips are challenging to incorporateinto your holiday festivities. Your holidays will be just as memorable, your celebrations as joyous. But at the same time, you’ll be doing your small part to make our planet greener.
We invite you to link to more information on this and related subjects at the
FirstEnergy Home Learning Library.
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*From The Balance, How to Use Less Energy During the Holidays