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Blog Dec 13, 2012

10 Ways to Save Money on Electricity during the Holidays

Energy Saving

The holiday season is all about lights, holiday parties and decorations—all of which requires more electricity usage than usual. With all of the demands of the season, it can be challenging to think of ways to save money on electricity. However, your electric bill doesn’t have to skyrocket this holiday. There are plenty of ways to save money on electricity this winter, and they’re all a lot easier than one might think. Follow these great tips and tricks to save electricity during the busiest time of the year.

1. Put your Christmas lights on a timer.

Rather than leaving the Christmas lights on all night, save money on electricity by simply putting the tree lights on a timer, so they turn on and off at the same time each day. It’s convenient and you won’t have to worry about too much electricity being used.

2. Use LED lights for decorations.

When it comes to energy efficiency, LED lights take the prize this holiday season. Be sure to purchase and use LED lights whenever possible.

3. Lower the thermostat in your home.

There is more electricity and power being used every time you turn the heater or A/C on or off. That is why, to save money on electricity, you should take the time to lower your thermostat temperature setting and watch how much more you will save on electricity.

4. Go fiber-optic this season.

From trees to lights, it is certainly trendy to go fiber-optic. However, did you know that fiber-optics save time and money when it comes to holiday lighting? They can light the entire house with minimal equipment and use.

5. Turn the house lights off when your decorations are aglow.

With so many lights on during the holiday season, it’s hard to think about the fact that there are other lights on besides the decorations. It’s good practice to turn off the lights when decorations are on for the holidays.

6. Cook all of your holiday goodies in one day.

Appliances use so much electric power; one way you can definitely save money on electricity is to do all of your holiday baking and cooking in one day. Using appliances can be costly, and choosing a day for all of the special baking and cooking reduces the amount of electricity used over time.

7. Decorate your house with candles.

Candles are pretty, inexpensive and trendy decorations for the home for Christmas. Decorate your house with candles and start a new trend among families while viably saving money on electricity.

8. Turn off all electronics before leaving on holiday trips.

If you’re going on vacation for the next month or so, be sure to turn off all lights and unplug all devices that may pull electricity even when not in use, such as computers, televisions, charging devices, etc.

9. Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible.

To save money on electricity, be sure to use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. This includes for appliances, toys given as gifts, and any other electrical source that could alternatively be used with batteries.

10. Use Energy Star-rated equipment this holiday season.

Be sure to check your appliances and consider replacing them with Energy Star-compliant equipment. This includes the refrigerator, as well as stove and other appliances.

If you’re interested in learning more about saving money on electricity by using prepaid electricity in Texas, then check out Payless Power. Offering low-cost energy plans to suit both residential and business needs, Payless Power is a company committed to providing people not only with some of the best electricity rates in Texas, but also with helpful customer service. Visit the website to learn more about how to save electricity at home, or connect with the online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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