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Holiday Energy-Saving Tips


December 02, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use

According to ENERGY STAR, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-ft strings.

There are only 23 more days until the jolly old elf comes to visit. Yes, the holiday season is definitely upon us. With dazzling lights adorning your doorway, festive feasts filling your oven, and wavering weather patterns and temperatures, the holidays can make a dent in your budget if you're not energy savvy.

With that in mind, I'd like to share some easy no-cost, low-cost, low-stress ways you can save energy during the holidays.

  • If you're in the market for new strands of lights, opt for energy efficient LEDs. They last longer, have brilliant colors, are cool to the touch and could save you up to 90 percent off your decorative lighting energy costs.
  • Timers and photocells are great at helping control holiday lighting. If you don't use timers, don't forget to unplug your lights before turning in for the night.
  • Cook holiday dishes in the microwave. A typical microwave will use up to 75 percent less energy than a conventional oven.
  • Use a slow cooker. For about 17¢ worth of electricity, you can prepare an entire meal.
  • Keep the oven door closed. It's tempting to check on your meals while they're cooking by cracking the oven door, but opening it for even a few seconds lowers the temperature inside by as much as 25 degrees. And the longer the door is open, the more energy it takes to keep the oven heated.
  • When cooking on your stovetop, match the size of the pan or pot to the size of the heating element. More heat will get to the pot or pan and less will be lost.
  • Be sure you allow hot food to cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Hot food in the fridge will make it work that much harder to cool it off.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer full. The mass of cold items inside helps the fridge and freezer recover each time the door is opened.
  • Decide on what you want from the refrigerator before opening it so cool air doesn't have as much time to escape.
  • If you've got the heat on, keep the thermostat at 68 or below. If you feel a little chilly, warm up by throwing on some cozy socks and that Christmas sweater your grandma gave you last year.

Saving energy around the holidays and year round can be easy. For more tips, visit www.santeecooper.com, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.