Once a month, we ask you to share your energy-saving tips so the larger energy community can learn from you, and we feature some of the best tips in a Storify. As part of this month's #tipsEnergy, we want to know your tips for saving energy and money during the holiday season.
Storified by Energy Department ·
Fri, Dec 21 2012 11:13:01
The holidays are a time for celebration, but a
lot of the traditions -- from extra baking and entertaining to decking
your home in holiday lights and playing Christmas carols on repeat -- have the
potential to raise your energy bills. Here at the Energy Department, we have
gotten in the energy-saving spirit by sharing 12 ways to save energy
and money at home during the holidays.
But we also know that plenty of people have their own
energy-saving tips. That is why this month we asked our online community to
share their energy-saving tips for the holidays.
Why pay to heat a space you aren't using? One way to save
energy during the holidays is to turn your thermostat down while you're sleeping
or traveling, as many of our Twitter followers suggested. By installing a programmable
thermostat, you can set your thermostat for a lower temperature while you
are away and forget about it. Practice this energy-saving
tip all year round, and you could save around 10 percent a year on your
heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10–15 degrees for
@ENERGY #tipsEnergy when you leave the house for the day turn the temperature down; there's no use in heating the house if no one is there.
@ENERGY adjust your thermostat program as your normal schedule will have changed during the holidays. #tipsEnergy
Don't forget to turn
down the heat while entertaining too. As one Twitter user points out, the
extra people in your home (not to mention the hot food and oven) will keep your
house plenty warm.
@ENERGY have a party and turn down the heat. All those people will raise your homes internal temp saving you $$$ #tipsEnergy
Whether you call it standby
power loads, energy vampires or phantom loads, plugged-in electronics
are quietly draining electricity even when switched off. This accounts for
5-10 percent of residential energy use -- or about $100 every year. One great
way to reduce these standby power loads and save money is to plug your
electronics into a power strip and turn it off when you aren't using them.
#tipsENERGY I've automated the plug at my entertainment system to shut off when not in use (I use the modlet by @ThinkEco) Great #gift idea!
Did you know that your kitchen
accounts for about 15 percent of your home's energy costs? If you are doing
extra cooking and baking this holiday, you can follow some simple steps -- like
cleaning your burners and verifying your oven temperature is accurate
-- to save energy and money. Other tips from Twitter users include ways to reuse your oven's heat and how to make your fridge work
@ENERGY Reuse stove heat by opening up the stove once u r done with it & let the warm air into ur home in colder weather. #tipsEnergy
.@ENERGY #tipsEnergy Pack your fridge tight with leftovers to reduce the energy it takes to keep them cool!
@ENERGY keep your fridge stocked this holiday season. Takes less time for cool down each time the door is open. #tipsEnergy
It just isn't the holidays without a plethora of
holiday lights, but incandescent holiday lights can take a toll on your
energy bills. Instead, consider switching to LED holiday lights,
which are not only more energy efficient but are easier to install and last 10
times longer than traditional lights. For extra savings, install a timer
for your holiday lights to automatically turn them on and off.
@ENERGY not only do LED Christmas lights use less #energy than conventional incandescent, they are more reliable and last longer #tipsEnergy
LED Holiday Lights provide a safer way to spread holiday cheer while saving #energy -- #tipsEnergy @HtfdSteamBoiler
@ENERGY Using timers on lighting can help you save BIG on your energy bill! Also, you don't have to try to remember to turn them off nightly
This holiday get creative with your decorations. Using reflective
ornaments can make your tree just as bright and shiny as extra lights.
For more ways to save energy and money at home, check out Energy Saver.