Holiday-Season Energy Savings: A Little Something to Give Yourself

The holiday season is swiftly approaching, as well as the parties and family gatherings that make this time of year so special. Lots of cooking and entertaining are a good way to celebrate but can also bring a surprise in your energy bill at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, there are ways to keep those energy bills manageable without sacrificing any of the holiday spirit. Here are some energy-saving measures to consider.


  • Switch to LED lights both inside and outside your home. LED lights use 70 percent less electricity and put out even more illumination than standard lights.
  • Install a timer on your outside lights, and program them to go off at 9 p.m. or so, when most families have finished their outings and are no longer looking at holiday displays.
  • Inside your home, use tinsel and other reflective materials instead of more lights to add sparkle to your decorations. Battery-operated candles require no electricity and can add glamour to any holiday table or mantle decorations.


  • Use the microwave instead of the oven whenever possible. The microwave uses far less energy.
  • Don’t bother to preheat your oven when you’re cooking a turkey or a large roast. These require a lot of oven time anyway, so preheating won’t affect the doneness of the meat.
  • Use the oven window to peek at what you’re baking. Avoid opening the oven door as much as possible.
  • When you’re baking, remove everything you’ll need from the refrigerator at the same time. The more you open and close the refrigerator, the more energy you waste.

Other Energy-Saving Measures

You can also turn your thermostat down a little. On average, setting a thermostat one degree lower will decrease energy consumption by 1 to 3 percent. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, invest in one now. Make sure your water heater is set at an energy-saving 120 degrees. If any relatives or friends will be staying with you, consider swapping your standard water fixtures for energy-saving units, such as those that bear the WaterSense label. These measures will also help you save energy once the holidays are over.

For more ways to save energy this holiday season, contact the experts at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving homeowners in the Fort Collins area for more than 15 years.

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