5 Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption this Holiday Season

Virginia-based plumbing and electrical company Southern Trust Home Services is providing advice on how to cut down on their energy use this holiday season.

Each year, Americans use an estimated 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity on Christmas lights alone. That’s more electricity than many countries use throughout the entire year.

Southern Trust Home Services offer the following steps in order to be more energy-efficient over the next couple of months:

1. Switch to LED decoration lights – On average, LED lights use about 90% less electricity than traditional decorative lights do. They’re not expensive either, so homeowners will actually save money in the long run by replacing the traditional lights they already have.

2. Put all your holiday lights on timers – One of the quickest ways to burn through your electricity usage is to leave your decorative lights on constantly. Since turning them off can sometimes be difficult to remember, investing in timers that will turn them off for you is best.

3. Install a programmable thermostat – Installing a programmable thermostat will ensure that your heat isn’t running at full capacity when it doesn’t need to be. For example, when you’re at work during the day, a programmable thermostat will turn the heat down for you.

4. Unplug phantom energy users before leaving town – Most electronics use energy if they’re plugged in, even if they’re not turned on. Consider unplugging your TVs, computers, printers and DVD players before you leave town for the holidays.

5. Lower your water heater temperature – Turning your water heater temperature down by just 10 degrees will save you approximately 3-5% in energy costs. So, changing it from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can save up to 10% of otherwise wasted energy.

Plus, this helps visiting guests avoid accidentally scalding themselves while showering.

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