With the holidays approaching, many families are preparing their homes for the season. Whether you are hosting a party or housing guests for the festivities, there is a lot of preparation that goes into getting your home ready for the holiday season. Below, we offer some advice for getting your house ready for the holidays without breaking the bank.
Budget-Friendly Tips for Prepping Your Home for the Holidays
The holidays are a time when family and friends come together to celebrate and spend some quality time together. Some homeowners go all out for the holidays and others like to keep it simple. No matter which type of homeowner you are, you can use these tips to keep your home safe and energy efficient this holiday season:
Save energy while cooking.
During the holidays, many homeowners find themselves cooking and baking more often than usual. This can cause your energy costs to soar. The good news is that there are some small steps you can take to save energy while cooking. If you can, try cooking several things at the same time. This can reduce your overall oven time and help you save some energy. When you are cooking, avoid lifting the pot lid or opening the oven door to peak at your food. This lets heat escape, which can increase your cook times and waste energy.
Opt for energy-efficient holiday lighting.
If you plan on decorating for the holidays, consider using more energy-efficient LED holiday lights. These lights use less energy than standard lights, and don’t give off heat. This not only makes them more energy-efficient, but also safer to use. Though these may require an upfront investment, LED holiday lights have a long life, and you’ll be able to use them for many holidays to come.
Turn down your thermostat.
Things will start to heat up in your home a little bit as you make preparations and guests start to arrive. More bodies in your home means more natural heat. Not to mention, having the oven and stove running for much of the day will also generate heat. Take advantage of this opportunity to save energy by turning down your thermostat once guests arrive. Everyone will be able to stay comfortable without your energy bills going through the roof.
Combine errands to save gas.
Another big way that homeowners use energy during the holiday season is by running errands to get their home ready. Whether you are out purchasing decorations, buying gifts, grocery shopping, picking up relatives, or other holiday preparation tasks, you use gas each time you go out, which can certainly add up quickly. To save money on gas costs, try combining your trips. For instance, you might run to the grocery store after work or stop by the store to pick up extra holiday lights before you pick up grandma from the airport.
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