We’re in the grips of silly season; a time when over-indulging comes hand in hand with over-spending. We want to fulfil our family’s festive desires, but we don’t want to welcome the New Year with a giant credit card bill!
One way to save money is through reducing energy consumption in the home, so here’s a few energy saving tips to help you have a green Christmas:
Use LED lighting
Everyone goes wild for lights at this time of year. Whether they’re on the Christmas tree or the roof, we use far more electricity than usual during the Christmas period. So this year choose energy-saving LED globes and fibre optic fairy lights. Or get traditional and replace a few lights with candles instead, try the festive scented varieties for an added Christmas boost.
BBQ the green way
Keep the hood down when grilling, it will not only retain juices and flavour but will stop heat escaping, therefore using less gas. Maintain the BBQ correctly to help it work more efficiently. Keep it clean to avoid rust and blockages and make necessary repairs when needed.
With only a couple of weeks to go you might have festive preparations well underway. While you’re ticking off your to-do list, don’t forget the barbecue. Stop by at one of our Kwik-Gas outlets for a fresh cylinder, or swap your empty one.
Use the oven wisely
For those cooking in the kitchen, a full Christmas dinner can be a military operation. Reduce the time needed with the oven on full blast and cook multiple items at the same time. Turn the oven off before the estimated cooking time and the excess heat will keep it cooking.
Switch off appliances at the wall
Give your appliances a break and get into the habit of switching them off at the wall to reduce electricity consumption. Before long it will become second nature and you’ll do it without thinking.
Use motion sensors for your lights
It’s tempting to leave the Christmas tree lights on all night when they look so pretty, but it’s a huge waste. Turn off the lights in the rooms that you are not using, or use a timer/motion sensor for outdoor lights.
Ditch the drinks fridge
For those that appreciate a cool tipple on Christmas day, a second fridge can be useful especially when entertaining. Instead of powering a whole other appliance, why not grab some ice and put an esky in the shade.
Regulate the air con
Avoid cranking the air con up to the maximum in your home. Using blinds and shades will prevent the full force of the sun baking your house. The optimum temperature is between 24c and 27c. Alternatively use a fan to cool specific areas of the home rather than the whole house.
Use an energy-efficient pool pump
As summer heats up there’s a greater need to cool off. A typical home with a pool can use as much as 30% of the household’s energy. Choose a minimum 5-star energy efficient pool pump at the smallest size for your pool. Use a timer and the lowest recommended speed. It also helps to maintain the pool to reduce the work of the pump.
Implementing these tips into your family lifestyle will help reduce your costs this season. But these tips are not just for Christmas, make them a habit for life and go green for the New Year.
From all of us at Kleenheat, have a happy Christmas!