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Three Simple Ways to Save Money and Energy this Christmas

For many of us, the Christmas season is not only a time to spend with families and for holiday cheer, but it also ends up being a time where we spend a lot of money.  In addition to gifts under the tree, hosting parties and decorating the house can also be quite pricey.  Flame has some tips to help you save energy and money this Christmas on your water, heating, and electricity.

Heating

The easiest way to save money on heating is by turning down the thermostat.  That can be hard to think about when the temperatures are freezing cold outside, but even turning it down at certain points of the day, such as at night when everyone is asleep with lots of blankets, can help.  Another option is to invest in a programmable thermostat, which will automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day depending on the thermostat’s settings.  Another time to turn the heat down is during large gatherings.  This will not only make your guests more comfortable, it will also save you money.  What else can you do stay warm without breaking the bank?  Light a fire in your fireplace.

Water

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than two gallons of water every minute your tap is running.”  The EPA, therefore, recommends a few tips to cut back on your water usage:

-Scrape dirty dishes clean, instead of using water to rinse them before you put them in the dishwasher.
-If you don’t use a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward. (EPA)

Electricity

With all of the lights both inside and out, you may see a spike in your electrical bill this month.  In order to help keep those costs down remember to use energy saving lights, such as LED lights.  Also, put your outdoor lights on timers so they will not be running all night long wasting valuable money and energy.  Lastly, use candles inside your home to create a warm atmosphere and to save electricity.  Just make sure to keep those candles away from your Christmas tree!

For more information about saving energy this Christmas, contact Flame!

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