Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays—Part 4

Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays—Part 4

This post is the fourth and final in our series featuring tips to help Virginians reduce energy use during this holiday season. Click to see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

You’ve decorated, gathered gifts and cooked. Now it’s your turn to host a holiday celebration. Before you rush around taking care of last minute details, check out these tips to help you have the most energy efficient party on the block!

  • Expecting a large crowd? Since more bodies translate into more heat, turn down your thermostat a few degrees.  You’ll keep everyone comfortable and keep your heating bill in check.
  •  If your home is already in decent order, skip major cleaning before the event. Instead, leave the cleaning until after the party so you don’t use cleaning appliances twice, saving time and energy during this busy time of year.
  •  If your guests plan to move between inside and outside areas, consider using candles to light your walkway or patio to save energy throughout the party. Make sure to follow fire safety guidelines
  • If your tree lights are on, consider turning off some room lights. Lights on your tree should provide enough light to navigate a room, and a festive atmosphere for your party.

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!