Tis the Season to Be Merry, Not Wasteful

Holiday energy savings tips
By Anna Batman
Anna Batman
Anna Batman
December 18, 2013 Updated: December 18, 2013

The holiday season traditionally conjures up images of trees and homes strung with festive lights, cooking delicious food for cherished guests, and a warm hearth to keep cold weather at bay. However, combining these traditions over a short period of time can cause an energy use spike that may lead to an expensive holiday hangover.

To help manage energy use at home during the holidays, Ambit Energy, the nation’s leading retail energy provider, has released an infographic with a number of energy savings tips to help consumers keep costs from climbing up the chimney.

A few of the tips include:

LED the Way–Use LED lights instead of standard light strands to decorate your home. They use less energy and are safer than traditional holiday lights because they remain cool.

A Time for Timing–Use a timer for light displays to ensure they shine only during the best viewing hours.

Drop That Thermostat–For every one degree you lower your thermostat, home energy usage can drop by 3 percent.

Slow Cooking Wins the Race–Try using a slow cooker to prepare holiday dishes. Studies show that a slow cooker can cook an entire holiday meal for just 17 cents of electricity.

“Holidays shouldn’t be a time to worry over things like electricity use,” said Eric Johnstone, Vice President of Marketing and Field Services for Ambit Energy. “Instead, follow these easy tips and keep your focus and budget on your family this season.”

Anna Batman