Tips for an Energy-Efficient Holiday
Most holiday traditions don’t exactly help with your electric bill. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday spirit, a few simple changes can help you enjoy the unexpected savings of a more efficient home.
Solar Hot Water Heating
For many, the holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year. From seasonal decorations to cozying up by the fire, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the season.
There are a lot of different ways that you can heat a home, not just with a fire. Fortunately, solar power is a completely viable way to provide that heat. A hydronic radiant in-floor heating system utilizes solar hot water to heat your home.
While, you may not have a solar hot water system, or solar hot water and hydronic radiant in-floor heating system yet, it’s possible to retrofit a solar-powered heating system into nearly any existing heating system.
Use LED Lights
We all know that house down the block. The one that everyone congregates to during the holiday season due to its incredible display. It’s the one that often encourages the rest of the neighborhood to get into the holiday spirit. But as magical as those lights are, they can consume quite a bit of energy.
If decorative lights are a staple at your home, it might be a good idea to invest in the more efficient version. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights use up to 75% less energy and last about 25 times as long as traditional incandescent light bulbs. And, don’t let the slightly higher price tag fool you, LED lights can help save your utility rates from hiking up during this time of year.
Skip the Fireplace
We realize this may be hard for some of you to hear. There’s nothing better than curling up to a warm fire but fireplaces are not an efficient way to heat your home. Drafts can pull all of that warm air up your chimney, leaving other rooms in the house to feel colder. The result is a central air heating system working overtime to maintain a set temperature, leading to higher utility rates.
Worse yet, fireplaces that are not EPA-certified can create up to 20 times the amount of air pollution. So, while the tradition of lighting a fire for the holidays may seem like a great idea, you may want to give it a second thought.
Weatherproof Your Home
Putting a little effort into weatherproofing your home could help keep you from the temptation of using that fireplace we just talked about. Most weatherization methods are fairly economical and don’t take a lot of effort. Here are a few minor things you can do to prevent unwanted drafts from seeping in.
- Buy a door draft stopper.
- Caulk and weatherstrip windows.
- Insulate your home, including electrical outlets.
And since we’re officially in the holiday season, any amount of savings is welcome. But the great thing about solar hot water is that it can help you save on utility bills all year long, not just during the winter.
Contact us for more information or to discuss how solar hot water can upgrade your home’s efficiency.