The holidays are the busiest time of year and we tend to loose track of what is going on and how to save money. PPEC Energy Advisor Peter Niagu has 4 simple tips to keep in mind this holiday season.

  1.  Use LED Christmas Lights
    • LED lights use less electricity than incandescent Christmas lights. Though it will cost a few extra dollars to purchase LED Christmas lights, You will be saving that and more in the end. LED lights last longer and are much brighter for a bright holiday with family and friends!
  2. Limit the Lighting
    • Some people leave their outside Christmas lights on during the day, however it’s usually harder to see the Christmas lights during the day. So turn them off and let them make your yard shine at night from dusk to dawn or just until you go to bed.
    • While in the house, Christmas trees provide a lot of light so why not, turn off other lights to enjoy the Christmas tree a little more. The tree should be bright enough to navigate around the room if needed.
  3. Limit Cooking and Baking
    • With all the great meals you will be cooking, plan accordingly to only use the oven for big items, such as cooking a turkey or baking apple pie. For small items, such as melting chocolate, use the microwave.
    • When using the stove, keep the lid on the pots, it allows for a faster cooking time and less energy being used.
  4. Turn down the thermostat
    • If you are having a group of family or friends over for a party, take advantage of the body heat and turn down the thermostat.

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