Off-Setting the Cost of Your Christmas Decorations

Off-Setting the Cost of Your Christmas Decorations

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Christmas décor can brighten up your home and your neighborhood. There is something joyous about seeing streets lined with lights and windows lit by trees. While these beautiful decorations bring in the holiday spirit, they also bring in higher utility bills. Powering 10 strands of lights for 5 hours a day for one month will add an additional $37.50 to your electricity bill. Inflating a lawn snow globe for 16 hours a day will add an additional $22-$30. $30-$40 if your run it 24/7 for a month.

Don’t let these numbers scare you away from decking your halls! There are plenty of ways you can off-set and lower the costs of your winter wonderland.

  1. Switch to miniature or LED lights for both indoor and outdoor displays.
  2. Try fiber optic decorations.
  3. Opt for battery operated décor pieces.
  4. Decorate with as many non-electronic decorations, like wreaths, candles, and signs, as possible.
  5. Set a timer to ensure your decorations turn off.
  6. Let your tree lights as your lamp.
  7. Turn your thermostat down, especially when guests are present.
  8. Bake multiple things at a time and leave the lids on your pots.
  9. Kill vampire devices by unplugging things not in use.
  10. Heat your home using your fireplace and lower your thermostat.

Implementing a few of these tips can help you defray the additional costs your holiday decorations incur. The holidays are also a great time to upgrade to Energy Star equipment. These efficient water heaters, air conditioners, and more will cut your December energy costs as well as save you potentially hundreds of dollars in the new year.

Contact us today to learn what equipment may work for your home. We hope you have a happy holiday season and a warm and toasty new year!