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5 Brilliant Tips for Saving Energy During the Holidays

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, be sure to check off the ways you can save energy this winter. Here are some ways you can trim back on your energy use and save money for gift-giving:

1. Keep your thermostat set to 68 degrees. This is one of the easiest ways to manage your home energy use and can bring significant savings. As a rule of thumb, your heating cost will increase 3% for each degree above 68 degrees.

2. Open your curtains and blinds during the day. Let the sunshine in during the day for a natural way to warm your home in the winter. Be sure to close them before night to reduce chilling. 

3. Find and seal leaks. You can keep your home feeling cozy this winter by caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors. If you can feel a draft while standing near a window or door, it likely needs to be sealed.

4. Put holiday lights on a timer. By using a timer to turn lights on and off later in the evening, you can reduce how much energy you’d use otherwise. 

5. Celebrate longer with certified LED light strings. LED lights can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights and use 75% less energy.

For more energy-saving tips, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave