The holidays are characterized by time spent with family and friends in the glow of twinkling lights and cozy nights inside your home. But the holiday season is also a time of peak energy usage and higher than normal energy bills. Here are a few ways to keep your energy costs down this December without diminishing the glow of the holiday season.

Switch to Energy Efficient Decorations

With all those lights keeping the holidays merry and bright, try switching to LED or fiber optic decor. LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than traditional lighting options. And fiber optic decor typically only use one light bulb to create their whimsical lighting experience. 

Decorate With Candles

Candles are a great option during the holiday season. They add a festive glow without any energy usage at all. Remember to always burn candles with caution.

Cook Smarter

The kitchen is a hub of activity during the holidays and there are many ways to increase energy efficiency. When it comes to your gas stove, use burners that match the size of your pot or pan to maximize your natural gas efficiency. Using pot lids can decrease cook time, therefore saving energy and money in the process. And you can save even more energy by baking multiple dishes in your oven at the same time. 

Turn Down The Thermostat When You Have Guests 

Have you ever noticed that when your house is full of guests that the temperature rises? The body heat of your friends and family means a lot of extra heat in the house. So take advantage and turn down the thermostat once guests arrive to save some money and keep your home at a comfortable temperature. 

Utilize A Timer

Between outdoor lighting and Christmas tree lights, who can remember to turn off all the lights? Set timers for all your holiday lighting to ensure your decor is only lit when you want it to be.

Use these helpful holiday energy saving tips to maximize the seasonal spirit and your cost savings this season.