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4 Ways to Save Energy (and money) this Halloween

This time of year is so festive!  And not just because we have been seeing various holiday displays in stores since August.  With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas one after another, each month holds something special.  The problem with all of this festivity is that it can end up costing A LOT of money.  Between Halloween costumes, candy, pies, decorations, Christmas presents etc…. it feels like all you are doing is spending. Not to mention all of the extra energy you use heating your home, using outdoor lights, and hosting gatherings.

The good news is that energy savings equals money savings, and we are all about both.  So, with Halloween right around the corner, here are 4 ways to save energy (and money) this Halloween.

  1. Be aware of the door.  We all know that keeping doors open wastes energy as it allows your home’s heat to escape.  This can become a problem on Halloween as you constantly open the door for trick or treaters.  Though it would be easier to keep it open, especially as the trick or treaters keep coming, try you best to keep it closed as much as possible.  And, make sure you don’t have any other doors or windows open in your home.
  2. Turn the heat down. Remember that pesky door we were just talking about?  To prevent losing even more energy on Halloween, turn the heat down.  It may be tempting to turn it up because of all of the cold air coming in as you open and close the door, but the less your home is heated, the less energy will be wasted.  Put on a sweatshirt, or a warm costume, over your clothes!
  3. Reuse decorations. The great thing about Halloween decorations is that they are supposed to look kind of gross and scary.  Did you find an old moth eaten scarecrow in your basement?  Perfect!  Don’t spend money and waste resources and energy purchasing new decorations.
  4. Use LED lights or candles. We know you want your home to look a little bit festive to entice trick or treaters, but if you are going to put up lights, make sure they are LED.  According to Energy.gov, “The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies.” You can also try using flameless candles in jack’o’lanterns, or real candles- as long as they are out of reach of children and are not a potential danger.

These are just a few ways to save energy (and money) this Halloween.  Other ways to save money this Halloween include looking at thrift stores for Halloween costumes and buying your candy on sale.  For more information about saving energy this fall, contact Flame!

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