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Ensure your Christmas is Merry & Bright by using these 12 ways to save this holiday season.
Remember, when family and friends come to stay (including Cousin Eddie) they’ll add to your energy use. More showers, more laundry, using lights late into the night, and more fun.
Don’t block baseboards, heaters, and vents with christmas trees and decorations. They work better and use less electricity without obstructions.
Service your heat pump annually. Normal maintenance helps avoid emergency repairs and surprise heating bills. And, don’t forget to regularly replace your filters.
Use a programmable thermostat to efficiently run your heat pump, and watch out during cold weather. Use a lower setback temperature with a forced air furnace to maximize your energy savings.
Set the thermostat at 68° when you’re home or awake; 55° when you’re asleep or away.
Don’t get stung by portable heaters, those high users of electricity. Each heater you plug in to bump up the heat racks up the kilowatt hour usage, causing a shocking bill at the end of the month.
Set your water heater to 120° and install high performance, low-flow showerheads. It’s a great way to eliminate energy waste with a gift that keeps on givin’ the whole year!
Is your “Beer Fridge” running? Better get it to stop. Getting rid of that extra fridge in the garage could save about $10/month. Can you say, “Stocking Stuffers!”?
Stick with tradition when cooking the Christmas turkey in the oven. Giving this energy-eater a break for other meals throughout the year makes a diffrence on your energy bill. Or, stick to an elf’s four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.
If you have duct work under your home, ensure that it is sealed and not leaking precious hot air to the great outdoors. Duct sealing is often a low-cost fix, compared to high bills caused by wasted energy.
More lights, more cheer, more efficient! LED Christmas lights use about 75% less energy than the old bulbs. Light up the house with an efficient use of energy.
Does a meter spin when no one’s there to watch it go ‘round? If you have a vacation home, or are travelling during the holidays, PUD 3 can help you learn how to eliminate energy waste.