9 Tips to Use Less Energy Over Christmas

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Christmas is generally a big time for energy use, but there are still things you can do to cut down. Here are some tips on how to reduce your energy consumption, and your bills, this Christmas.

1. Unplug Before You Go Away

Going on holiday for Christmas? Make sure you unplug electronics such as TVs, DVD players, computers, printers and radios, as they use energy even when they aren’t turned on.

2. Keep the Heat Indoors

Around half of households in the UK are yet to draught-proof their doors and windows, when they could be saving between £25-35 a year; collectively, that’s a nationwide savings of around £365m a year.

Another way to retain heat is to move furniture and decorations away from radiators, to allow them to properly disperse heat into the room.

3. Protect Exposed Pipework

Nobody needs a burst pipe ruining the festivities; so make sure to insulate any exposed pipework to avoid bursting due to water freezing. Something as simple as this can save you around £10 a year on heating bills, not to mention the avoided repair costs.

4. Switch to LED Christmas Lights

LED Christmas lights use 90 per cent less electricity than regular Christmas lights, and they last longer. If everyone in the UK swapped a string of lights for LEDs we would save £13 million during the 12 days of Christmas alone.

5. Limit the Time Lights are On

Christmas lights are a must for some families, but they don’t have to be turned on 24/7. Aim for around six hours or less of daily use, turning them on when it gets dark and switching them off before you go to bed. Or, to make your life easier, buy yourself an automated timer, which will do the work for you.

6. Use Fiber Optic Decorations

By using just a single bulb to light the entire decoration, fibre optic trees and decorations are a great option for those looking to save energy and money.

7. Decorate With Candles

Christmas lights are the go-to decoration for many households, but these can put a real dent in energy bills. To cut down these bills, whilst maintaining a festive atmosphere, candles are a great alternative decoration.

8. Turn the Heating Down When You Have Guests

Christmas is a great opportunity to save energy by turning the heating down, as the more guests you have over, the more natural body heat is generated. You can also make the most of the heat coming from a busy kitchen.

9. Cook Efficiently

When it comes to cooking during Christmas, planning and preparation help not only to minimise stress, but also to avoid wasting energy. Make the most of your oven by cooking multiple things at once. It takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does an empty one.

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