5 ways to save energy this Christmas

When Christmas comes around it’s not just the cold weather that bites, energy bills have a habit of hitting your where it hurts too.

As if the extra cost of the festive season wasn’t enough; a huge energy bill landing on your doorstep in January can really add to the gloom for thousands of people just when they need it least.

Making some small changes now might soften the blow a few weeks further down the line, so here are five energy saving tips to try this Christmas…

1. Turn your heating down a notch

It may be the season for keeping warm and cosy but according to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing your room temperature just one degree could mean you cut your heating bills by up to 10% – that’s an average saving of £60 a year. Monitoring your room temperature not just at Christmas, but throughout the year can see huge saving. So if you’re not fortunate enough to be able to sit by a roaring log fire this winter; you might want to consider using room thermostats instead.

2. Be a clever cook

Food is a massive part of Christmas and obviously at this time of the year the kitchen is going to be one of the busiest rooms in the house, but it pays to be smart. Things like keeping the oven door closed at all times, using the correct sized pans and even cooking large batches of food in one go can all mean you use less energy – ultimately reducing your bills.

3. Upgrade your Christmas lights

Have you had your Christmas lights for what seems like an eternity? If the answer is yes then you’ll know just how those old lights never fail to get themselves into a tangled mess by simply sitting in the loft of 12 months, as well as failing to work when it comes to the big switch on. This year could be your chance to update your set with a brand new LED light kit. Not only can you get some fantastic selections in a range of colours, but the low energy light bulbs from Ultra LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights, while lasting around 20 times longer.

4. Make the most of your decorative lights

When your tree is fully illuminated, why keep the house lights on at the same time? Using low energy LED bulbs not only lights up Christmas trees, they also provide enough illumination to brighten up the home too, creating your very own Christmas grotto. Be sure to use your festive lights, both outside and in, sparingly and turn them off during daylight hours or when there is nobody home.

5. Do all your shopping in one trip

 

Driving all over town doing your Christmas shopping and getting those last minute odds-and-ends is not just infuriating; it also costs you in the long-term. Make sure you plan your journeys carefully so that you get the maximum value from your fuel consumption. Alternatively – leave the car at home and walk to the shops, it’s cheaper, healthier and much more sociable during the festive season!