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Power your holidays for less jingle

Holiday savings
Power your holidays for less jingle
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Everyone could use a little extra money during the holidays. Cutting costs on your energy bill may be the easiest way to save and still enjoy the holidays. Here are some energy-saving tips, along with ideas on how to stay safe while decorating.

  • Switch to LED holiday lights. They use 75 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent holiday lights, and they last about 10 times longer. To see just how much money you can save by making the switch, check out our LED Holiday Lights Calculator.

More Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn down the thermostat. When you’re cooking up a storm, or heading out to shop for the day set back your thermostat. By setting back your thermostat 10 degrees for 8 hours each day you’ll save about $84 on your total winter heating bill (source: Alliant Energy and ENERGY STAR®). The more often you set back your thermostat, the more money you will save. So remember to also set it back when you are sleeping and away from home. How much can you save by turning down the heat in your home? See for yourself with our Clock-Programmable Thermostat Calculator.
  • Cook smart. Use lids on pots, and match the size of the pan to the burner. When food is almost ready, turn off the burner/oven and finish cooking with the remaining heat. And whenever possible, use your microwave or slow cooker. They use less energy than an oven.
  • Reduce the brightness on your TVs. It can cut your TV’s energy use by as much as 25 percent.
  • Turn off your video game system when done playing. Some use up to $100 a year in electricity if left on 24/7, even in standby mode.
  • Get rid of your electric blanket, and replace it with more layers of traditional blankets.
  • Recycle your old refrigerator. Doing so could save you up to $26 a month on your electric bill (source: ENERGY STAR).
  • Install CFL or LED lights in your five most-used fixtures. It can save you about $65 a year on your electric bill.
  • Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees, or the “medium” setting. If set higher than 120 degrees, your water heater can waste $36-$61 each year in standby heat loss and more than $400 in demand heat loss (source: ENERGY STAR).
  • Caulk your windows and openings, where the window/door casing or frame meets the wall. You can save up to $150 in just one heating season.

Holiday lighting safety tips

  • Do check for cracked or loose sockets and connections, exposed wires, and frayed, broken or scorched insulation before plugging in any lights - old or new. Then put the lights on a nonflammable surface and plug them in for 10 - 15 minutes to check for melting, smoking or overheating. Throw away any strings showing flaws.
  • Do make sure your lights are safety certified. Look for a label that says "Underwriters Laboratories Approved" or "UL Listed."
  • Do protect small children and pets by using plastic safety covers on all unused outlets and keeping cords out of sight and reach. A cord as short as 12 inches can strangle a child.  
  • Do water your "real" Christmas tree every day, and keep light strings from coming into direct contact with branches. If you have an artificial tree, make sure it's fire retardant.
  • Do make sure the lights and extension cords you use outside are certified for outdoor use and are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet.
  • Do keep decorations and ladders away from overhead electrical lights and power lines.
  • Do follow the manufacturer's guidelines on how many strings of lights can be safely connected together.

The wrong way

  • Don't leave lights on while you're sleeping or away from home. If you tend to forget, use a timer.
  • Don't plug more than three light strings into an extension cord.
  • Don't use metal staples or nails as fasteners for lights. This can damage the protective insulation covering the wires.
  • Don't run extension cords across sidewalks or driveways.

Have a safe, happy holiday!

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