Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays—Part 1

Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays—Part 1

This post is the first in our month-long series featuring tips to help Virginians reduce energy use during this holiday season.

Holidays are always a busy time of year, and it can be difficult to keep up your energy efficiency efforts during the season. Whether you’re hosting a big holiday dinner, traveling long distances to be with family, or spending time at home with close friends, holiday activities can often mean increased energy use and higher utility bills. But don’t you pout– Virginia Energy Sense has you covered with tips on how you can keep your energy use in check this season. Here are a few energy saving tips to consider this season which may help put a few extra cents in your wallet just in time for gift giving.

Decoration Tips!

  • For a truly energy efficient tree, skip lights and go for old-fashion and edible decor. Gingerbread men, candy canes and popcorn strings make great decorations– and a project the kids can enjoy!
  • If you absolutely adore a twinkling tree of lights, consider making the switch to new mini lights or LED-powered ones. They can be up to 70% more energy efficient than traditional bulbs, which can use up to 10 watts each!
  • After you decorate the tree, consider connecting light timers to save energy and prevent potential fire hazards. If you decide not to use a timer, be sure to unplug your lights when you go to sleep or leave home.
  • Decking your home with tinsel, stars and other decorations that don’t use any electricity is a great way to keep your energy use down over the holidays. Tinsel and mirrored decorations will catch lights already in use giving off a twinkle similar to lights.

Tell us how you’re saving energy this holiday season on our Facebook page. We’ll feature some of your new ideas on our Twitter feed and Tumblr blog!