Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Waste Reduction Tips 1

Consider replacing standard holiday lights with strings of LED lights. The benefits of LED lights include energy efficiency, safety, sturdiness and a long life span. LED holiday lights and strands use about 99% less energy than the larger, traditional incandescent bulbs.
• Reduce the number of lights on your tree as well as those decorating your home. Holiday light displays are best when people can appreciate them. Try to avoid leaving lights on all day. Use them only at night for maximum effect. Always switch off the tree lights before going to bed.
• Jack Frost causing trouble? Insulation, when correctly installed, can reduce your heating costs by as much as 30% and increase your comfort in your home!
• Use programmable thermostats to automatically lower the temperature 4-6 degrees at night when everyone is nestled all snug in their beds, or when you and your family are out all day visiting friends and family or shopping.
• Be sure not to block your HVAC registers when moving furniture to make room for decorations or simply more family members - this makes your HVAC system work harder.
• Don't open the oven more than necessary when baking pies and cookies, and when the eggnog starts flowing, don't let the refrigerator door stand open.
• Holiday table linens get spills. Remember to use cold water to rinse laundry, and only run the washer with full loads.
• When giving appliance gifts, look for the ENERGY STAR!
• When you're not gathered around the fireplace, close the chimney flue.
• Energy-saving fluorescent light fixture or bulb. Compact fluorescents last longer and use 1/3 of the energy of an incandescent bulb.

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