When the holidays hit, energy usage tends to rise. But that doesn’t mean that you have to spend all your hard-earned money paying energy bills. Homeowners in Corolla, North Carolina, can use these three energy-saving tips during the holidays to cut costs and benefit the environment.

Invest in Energy-Saving LED Lights

A staple for the holidays, outdoor lights are one of the main contributors to holiday energy costs. Swapping out your old holiday lights for LED ones can reduce energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting a 6-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days with conventional lights will cost $10. Using LED lights will only cost $0.27. Also, LED lights are shatterproof and cool to the touch.

Use Home Automation for the Lights and Heater

If you have trouble remembering to turn your lights off, invest in a Nexia home automation system. That way, you can customize the system to operate at specific times. Set the system to go on when it turns dark, and have them turn off before you go to bed. Even if you’re out of town and forgot to change the timing, you can do so remotely.

Turn Down the Heating System

When you’re entertaining a house full of family, turn down the thermostat. The additional body heat can keep everyone comfortable so that you can give your furnace a little break. Also, if you have a fireplace, consider using that to heat the house. Just remember to close the flue afterward to make sure no heat escapes the house. You can also use your home automation system to remotely turn down the thermostat if you’re out of town.

Taking the initiative to reduce energy usage during the holidays can help you save money as well as benefit the environment. You can also make sure your HVAC system is running correctly by having a professional contractor come out and perform a tuneup. Contact North Beach Services Heating and Cooling at (252) 429-5325 to schedule an appointment today.

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