The snow is starting to pile up and that`s a good sign that Christmas is on the way. Christmas season now needs to be thought of as energy saving time instead of an energy wasting time for it is now we can save massive amounts of power and reduce or even eliminate the pollution being dumped into the environment daily .
Christ`s birthday is a venerable day but now is the time to start trying to save power and cash at the same time.This eases the burden on the environment and our pocketbooks . I`ve brought together a few energy saving tips below and hopefully i covered a couple that you have never thought of implementing previously.
Tip #1- Turn off Christmas lights - Quit using energy to sustain the "pretty effect". Try unplugging your lights a few hours earlier each night and never leave them on all night . If only we all did this it could save tons of emissions being spewed into our planets atmosphere. Stop lighting up the whole street, that`s what street lights are for.
Tip #2- Use Fewer Bulbs on your Tree and on Your House - Christmas lighting uses massive amounts of energy ,this year use a couple less strings of lights on your tree, to compensate for the lost light tryt adding more tinsel to your tree, it will reflect more light thereby reducing the need for extra lighting.
Go one step further and eliminate a few strings of lights from outside your house too.
Tip #3 - Use High Efficient Lights - Start using the new energy efficient LED bulbs that are present on the new Christmas light string sold today. Finding strings that have flashers will cut energy consumption too and if you can`t find a flashing string of lights buy the separate flash converter and save some money for yourself.
Tip #4 - Use Timers and a Power Bar - Make sure you use a timer for your outdoor lights this will keep you from having to remember to shut them off when your too tired . Make sure you also use power bars everywhere, they will keep you from leaking energy (known as Phantom electricity) and running up your power bill for no reason and while using a power bar it will protect you from spikes of power damaging your electronics that come from your power delivery network or lightning strikes or for whatever reason ( you`re protected).
Tip #5 - Use a Few Candles - This one can be done year round. Use candles where ever you can to light and help heat a room too, recycle the wax and make another candle yourself. Doing this can save you energy, heat and the trouble it takes to go and buy new candles
CAUTION - " Be Sure to Extinguish Candles Before Leaving a Room and Never Leave Candles Unattended". NEVER USE CANDLES TO LIGHT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE IT`S NOT A GOOD IDEA . Be sure to place a plate beneath your candles and make sure it`s big enough so if a candle is to fall over all the hot wax that spills out and the wick and flame are captured in your dish and never use candles anywhere close to flammable materials such as curtains and furniture or carpet. Buy yourself some environmentally friendly candles , they are now available just about everywhere.
Tip #6- Hire a Kid To Help with Shoveling - Save energy and put away your snow blower this year, when it snows find a kid or someone in your neighborhood willing to do the work . The economy is still struggling and you must know somebody who`s in need of some extra money. Offer the snow shoveler dinner in exchange for the work they put in. This tip for saving energy will keep you from exhausting your personal energy , and that makes for a happier you.
Tip #7 - Purchase Goods On the World Wide Web - Get the perfect gift and save yourself the time of searching for that perfect gift . All the big retailers have places online to do this. You can find all kinds of different , never thought of items that will amaze you.
Tip # 8 - One of the best ways to save energy is to sit down and learn how you can create your own using solar panels. Purchase the #1 energy making guide that has clear and easily understandable instructions. and make it a Christmas holiday project . The one i recommend is the best i`ve seen, it has all the instructions all laid out with very simple instructions . Earth4Energy can show you how to build your solar panels and then install them with their handy DIY guide, there`s also a video series for extra understanding of the process. Read our review -> Earth4Energy Review . Get a dicount when purchasing by visiting our Earth4Energy Wind Power Review.
Tip # 9 - If you really want to save energy on gas , frustration and wear and tear on your vehicle looking for the perfect present maybe look into buying dinner for everyone you know instead, or try throwing a party but be sure to use car pools to bring everyone together. You can even try handing out gift cards for a store or even dinner on the town. You can always locate a nice restaurant with gift cards that are still available right up till Christmas Day .
Tip #10 - Purchase Everything in the Same Place - Think about it and i bet you`ll agree that you can save gas, time, and piece of mind by buying all your presents in one place . I bet you can even think of more ways to save power and reduce your carbon footprint.
Tip #11 - Use Your Microwave oven - Using a microwave oven can save you up to 50% on electricity over using a conventional oven. Also , use your microwave to heat things such as sauces, vegetables and gravies and you could also cook potatoes this way too. A microwave oven can be more economical and will save energy which a conventional oven and stove squanders.
Tip #12 - Get Grinchy with it - If you`re really looking to save energy this season turn into a grinch and hide away , just be sure to let everyone know so they don`t have to buy you gifts and people will understand.
P.S. - Remember working together we can all do our part to keep the world on a path to recovery saving money all along the way. The world would be cleaner and everyone would breath much easier and maybe cancer rates would finally see a decrease. So i`m urging everybody to do their part and think of as many ways you can save energy at Christmas time each year to help stop this problem in its tracks .
By - Mark Demers