Simple ways to save on electricity this Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of the year. It’s a season filled with gift-giving, fabulous food and fun festivities. However, Christmas can also put a strain on your wallet. On top of the cost of presents, food and decorations, your energy consumption can also increase, putting you at risk of a budget blowout.
But don’t worry - there are ways to control your energy consumption while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are simple tips to guide you on how you can save money on your power bill this Christmas.
Did you know! The temperature drops by as much as 25% every time you open the oven.
Decorations that don’t break the bank
You don’t have to solely rely on Christmas lights to keep the holiday magic alive. To save money on your power bill, choose alternative decorations that don’t require electricity like garlands, ribbons and wreaths. Make them more environmentally-friendly by using recycled materials. You can also use ornaments that have high reflective properties as they give off light and can add a nice sparkle to your displays.
Limit your lights
Your Christmas tree and decorations will shine more if there is no other light source competing with them. Switch off ceiling lights and lamps when your Christmas lights are running. This will not only create a cozier Christmas ambience but also reduce your overall energy usage.
Switch to LED
Swap your old string lights for LED ones to save on energy. LEDs are more energy-efficient as they use up to 90% less electricity than traditional Christmas lights. They also produce less heat, so they are safer to use around your Christmas tree and other decorations.
Avoid the “phantom load”
To avoid phantom energy loss, turn your Christmas lights off at the wall when you’re not using them. Try to set a reminder or install a timer so you don’t have to leave the lights on all night.
Unplugging your decorative lights and other appliances when not in use will also help you save on energy. Switch-off at the wall to avoid the “phantom load” - an instance where the device can still draw power even when you are not using them.
Spend more quality time with family and friends
Christmas is a great time to bond with your loved ones. Cut back on your energy use by setting your devices aside and spending more quality time with family. You can plan backyard game nights or other outdoor activities instead of a Christmas movie marathon at home.
Save energy while cooking
Bake your food together
The amount of energy needed to run your oven doesn’t increase when you bake things together. Instead of heating the oven several times, try to bake the dishes together to maximise your appliance and reduce the use of electricity.
Make use of the oven light
Turn on the oven light if you need to check the food instead of opening the oven door to prevent heat loss. The temperature drops by as much as 25% every time you open the oven. This adds to your cooking time and energy consumption as your oven needs to get back to the required temperature. If you’re cooking on a stove, put lids on pots and keep them on as much as possible so you don’t waste cooking time and electricity.
Use the right size
Here’s another simple tip on how you can save money on your power bill: use the right size pots on your electric stove. For example, a 6-inch pan should be matched with the same 6-inch burner. If you cook on an 8-inch burner with a smaller pan, you will be wasting about 40% of the heat.
Christmas is one of the biggest holidays and spending a significant amount of money during this season is always expected. But this doesn’t mean you have to spend big on your power bill too. With a little creativity and smarter holiday habits, you can reduce your electricity usage and save more of your energy for what matters most this Christmas.