We can always use a few secrets to lower our electric bills. But the winter and the holidays can be tough. We have the lights on longer, we have the heating on, the decorative lights up.
This can cause a surge in energy usage, but we can take steps to combat this increase. You can still celebrate and keep your energy bill at a reasonable rate over the holidays.
Between extra time in the kitchen, guests, decorations, and the lights and heating on more, those energy bills can really creep up.
1. Switch to a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a great way to lower your energy bill this holiday season. You can program the thermostat to turn down overnight or when you’re away. Turn it back on from your mobile device to be warmer just before your arrival back home.
You can reduce your electric bill in winter without sacrificing comfort. These programmable thermostats can be controlled from anywhere and preset to come on or off, and set temperatures.
2. Bake and Freeze
You don’t have to do all your baking at once. Bake a few items off-peak times when there is less demand for your electricity. Then, freeze the items to bring out when you need them.
You can also suggest that your guests bring certain items so you are not responsible for all the baking or cooking. Not only does that keep your energy bill lower, but it also gives you more time to enjoy the holidays.
3. Switch To LED Lights
Switching to LED decorative lights is a great secret to lowering your electric bill. You can still find great colors and they last longer. Even though they are slightly more expensive, you can use them for years.
The same goes for inside. All your light bulbs should be LED by now, but you can also get them for the house and the tree. You can enjoy bright colorful lights through the holidays for less.
4. Lighting Timers
Besides getting LED lights, you can also have them on a timer. Rather than shutting them off or having to unplug them, most people just let them stay on all through the holiday.
You can have the set to turn off and on whenever you like. Control them through your app or even your home divide that is controlled by voice command.
5. Use Small Appliances
Why use your entire oven when you can use something much smaller? Use a crockpot, toaster oven, and the breadmaker for the smaller dishes, and then you don’t have to heat up the whole house or the entire oven.
They use a lot less energy and you can use them when the demand is much lower. Put something in the crockpot overnight and it will be done in the morning.
6. Unplug Small Appliances
It’s not uncommon for many people to start pulling out the stash of countertop appliances for the holidays. Blenders, waffle makers, bread makers, fancy cappuccino makers, and more.
But did you know they draw a lot of energy even when they are shut off? They often have small screens, lights, and other functions that continue to draw a lot of energy. Unplugging them is a secret to lowering your electric bill.
Secrets to Lower Your Electric Bills this Holiday Season
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