More than ever, people are spending time in their homes this holiday season. And while the holidays are the season to enjoy twinkling lights and home-cooked, festive meals, it is also when energy usage peaks. Here are a few ways to keep your energy costs down this December without dimming the glow of this festive season. 

Decorate With Energy Efficient Decor

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 uses one light bulb to create their whimsical lighting experience. That way you can save energy and money making this holiday season even merrier. 

Decorate With Candles

Candles are a great way to add a festive glow to your home without using any electricity. Remember to always burn candles with caution and blow them out when done enjoying them.

Cook Smarter

The kitchen is a focal point of the holiday season, but there are plenty of easy ways to make your kitchen more energy efficient. When using your gas stove, use burners that match the size of your pot or pan to maximize your natural gas efficiency. Utilizing your pot lids can also help decrease cook time, therefore saving energy and money in the process. Get organized and bake multiple dishes in your oven at the same time to save even more energy.  

Turn Down The Thermostat When Entertaining

When you entertain and fill your home with people, the temperature rises. The body heat of your guests means a lot of added heat in the house. Take advantage and turn down the thermostat once guests arrive to save some money and keep your home at a comfortable temperature. 

Use A Timer For Decor

Make your home more energy efficient by setting timers for all of your holiday lighting and decor. That way your decorations are only lit up when you want them to be. Plus, you won’t have to remember to turn everything off.  

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