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Deck the Halls with 12 Days of Energy Savings This Season

Deck the Halls with 12 Days of Energy Savings This Season

The holiday season is upon us. A time to decorate and celebrate with the ones we love. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for increased heating costs, increased appliance use, and additional lighting around your home. The good news? You can be festive, creative and energy efficient with a few eco-friendly tips during the most wonderful time of the year.

  1. Add a smart thermostat to your holiday wish list. Ask Santa to see what the SJG Marketplace has to offer.
  2. Create your own winter wonderland with electricity-free holiday decorations. A few of your favorite shiny and sparkly ornaments, tinsel and mirrors can maximize the effects of your existing lighting without using more energy.
  3. Decorate your home with energy-efficient holiday ornaments like ENERGY STAR® certified decorative light strings or LED lights. Not only do they shine brighter and last longer, but they’re also safer and less expensive. 
  4. Conserve appliance use – unplug the coffee maker, blender, toaster oven and those smaller appliances when you don’t need them.
  5. Re-use/re-gift when possible. Get creative when it comes to sustainable gift giving this year by exploring clutter-free gifts like experiences to edible treats.
  6. Keep the lights on – but not all night! Set a timer for your lights and decorations to save money and conserve energy by ensuring they turn on and off at specific times.
  7. Turn down the heat before guests arrive to  your next gathering. The extra body heat should help maintain a comfortable temperature. Or consider lighting a fire to add a little warmth.
  8. Let it glow. Let it glow. Let it glow. Reduce energy at home by using your Christmas tree lights to illuminate your indoor space.
  9. Choose a non-electric gift for your loved one. But if you are purchasing electronics, consider an energy-efficient one - and don’t forget about the rechargeable batteries.
  10. Carry reusable bags while shopping for the holidays to reduce waste or consolidate your purchases into as few bags as possible.
  11. Prepare your holiday feast by baking multiple dishes together, while keeping the oven door closed as much as possible.
  12. Enjoy family time the old-fashioned way! Turn off the tv and devices and have a holiday game or puzzle night!
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