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Energy saving during the holidays


Ian Jacobs, reporter
December 17, 2012 — Here are some tips to save you money during the holidays.


The difference between LED lights and incandescent bulbs can be dramatic, cost-wise
The difference between LED lights and incandescent bulbs can be dramatic, cost-wise

Canadians across the country have been hanging lights on their Christmas trees and homes in preparation for the holidays.

From the over the top, to the public displays, there’s plenty to see this time of year.

But what do all the festive decorations mean for your energy bill? 

Simi Heer of BC Hydro says the difference between LED lights and incandescent bulbs can be dramatic.

"If you use one strand of 70 bulbs of LEDs to light your home, you'll spend about $0.73," she explains.

"If you're still using incandescent bulbs on a 250-watt strand with 50 bulbs, you'll spend about $23.00 to light your home."

She suggests keeping your lights on a timer so that they aren't on 24 hours a day.

Heating the house can be another holiday expense.

Invest in a programmable thermostat. It will help you regulate the temperature of your home easily.

Another energy-saving tip: Try turning down the thermostat by about 5 degrees when you're sleeping. It will translate into a 10% reduction in your overall energy bill.

While the evening temperatures drop and the celebrations begin, there are plenty of ways to save this December. 

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