If you have family coming into town, are putting Christmas lights up on your house, or live in a place that’s cold, your energy bill might be heading toward the perfect storm this month. But Mark Friedgan, COO and co-founder of Eligo Energy, has some tips to make your holiday season energy efficient and cost effective.
1. Throw away those old holiday lights.
If you are still using incandescent light bulbs to decorate your home, you should probably go out and get yourself some LED lights.
“LED bulbs have gotten better and cheaper,’’ Friedgan said. “It makes sense to get new strings with LEDs. You can get much fancier lights that have smart controllers so lights aren’t just on because of a timer. It can make a significant difference.’’
2. Ask for energy efficient holiday gifts.
“Ask for something like a NEST thermostat or a smart sprinkler controller that knows what the weather is and what the forecast is so they can control systems in your house,’’ Friedgan said.
Installing new systems like these can reduce energy consumption, especially when you aren’t home, or even use energy at cheaper times (rates can fluctuate weekly or even daily), therefore lowering the cost of your bill each month.
3. Make sure things go back to normal once your guests leave.
If you have family or friends staying with you this holiday season, they might be using rooms in your house that normally don’t get much foot traffic.
“You will probably reprogram the thermostat or open up vents in those rooms,’’ Friedgan said. “We forget to set that stuff back [once the guests leave].’’ This can end up being very costly and alter your normal bill, wasting energy in rooms people no longer inhabit. So “put things back the way they were before the holidays,’’ he suggests.