Save Energy and be Merry!

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of energy savings! Between the lights, cooking, and cold weather, this is one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. However, by making just a few small changes, you could see a big difference on your energy bill. Read on to discover five easy tips and tricks for saving energy this holiday season and beyond!

Organize your errands. To-do lists pile up this time of year! There always seems to be one more gift to buy or one more ingredient to pick up for dinner. Planning ahead and combining several trips into one will not only save you time, but money at the gas pump! Several short trips taken from a cold start can use up to twice as much fuel as a longer trip with a warm engine. 

Clean green. Family gatherings mean plenty of food--and dishes. To reduce energy use, run the dishwasher only when it’s completely full. If you rinse your dishes before loading them, use cold water to avoid heating water unnecessarily. Finally, use air dry settings whenever possible to save up to 10 percent on energy costs. 

Deck the halls with LED holiday lights. In the market for some new indoor or outdoor festive lighting? Opt for Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. They’re available in nearly every color, use up to 90 percent less energy, and last longer than traditional bulbs! To save even more, use an automatic timer to keep lights off during the daylight hours.

Get cozy with warm accessories. Instead of cranking up your thermostat when the temperature drops, bundle up with warm sweaters and socks. Keep throw blankets handy and use area rugs to insulate your floor. At night, try lowering your thermostat an extra five degrees, and stay toasty with warm sheets and comforters. 

Give energy-efficient gifts. When purchasing that cool new gadget for your loved one, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Battery chargers and LED bulbs also make great stocking stuffers! 

WECC wishes you a happy and energy-efficient
holiday season!