3 Ways To Save Money and Make Your Home Merry and Bright During the Holidays
For most people, the holidays need to be planned for all year long. They start setting money aside in January for the holidays in November and December. Lights, food, decorations, gifts, and time off all cost money. But that doesn’t mean that all money-saving should go out the window.
Homeowners can do a few simple things to have an amazing holiday season while still saving some money. Read on to discover the three ways to save money this holiday season.
Use Energy-Efficient LED Lights
It’s about that time of year to start thinking about putting up holiday lights. Many homeowners think about the rat’s nest of old incandescent bulbs in the attic and groan. How many bulbs get used up in a year? How many sections will be dark because of some mysterious issue that seems impossible to find?
The good news is that LED lights can help on more than one front. They are more durable than old incandescent lights, meaning they don’t break easily. It’s also rare for a section to go out. It’s even rare to have a single light out. Plus they can save money on electricity. And it’s no small amount. On average, LED lights use 75% less energy than older filament-based lights.
Get All the Baking Done at Once
One money-saving holiday hack homeowners often overlook is getting all the baking done at once. This eliminates the need for reheating the oven every time a new batch of cooking comes up. Doing it all at once allows homeowners to dedicate one day to baking, only powering up the oven once or twice instead of repeatedly throughout a week or a month. This also frees up time to relax and enjoy the holidays.
To take this even further, homeowners should bake multiple items at once. It doesn’t take too much planning to determine which dishes need to bake at the same temperature. This not only speeds up the total baking time, but it saves money in the long run by utilizing the whole oven instead of only some of it.
Utilize Timers for All Electronic Decorations
One of the biggest ways homeowners run up the energy bill during the holidays is forgetting to turn the lights off. Luckily, this is easily fixed. A simple programmable timer allows homeowners to set it and forget it. But setting it correctly is also a way to save some money. Setting the timer to switch the lights on at sundown is a start. Plus, instead of leaving the lights on all night, it’s a good idea to set them to turn off shortly after bedtime.
But the outdoor lights aren’t the only ones that can benefit from this. It’s also easy to get any indoor decorations on a timer. With timers, there’s no way to forget about turning off any of the decorations and running up the energy bill.
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