The holiday season is a time when families come together and exchange laughs around the dinner table. It’s also a time when your finances can stress you out. Whether you’ve booked a family vacation or you’re hosting a holiday get together, you’re probably looking for ways to save without compromising fun and comfort. One such way is to lower your household’s energy consumption. Here are three easy ways to save energy at home this holiday season:

Use LED Christmas Lights

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient lighting technologies, and it’s gaining popularity quickly. LED lights consume at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights. Here are some of the other advantage of using LED Christmas lights instead of strands of incandescent bulbs:

  • Safe: LED lights are cooler and reduce the risk of combustion or burning your fingers.
  • Durable: LED lights are made with epoxy lenses instead of glass, making them more resistant to breakage.
  • Longevity: LED lights can last for decades of holiday seasons.

Lower Your Water Heater’s Temperature

Heating your home’s water accounts for about 18 percent of your household energy usage. With an influx of guests this holiday season, you might notice your water heating bills soar. To avoid paying exorbitant water heating costs, turn your water heater’s temperature down to 120 degrees. Don’t worry; your showers will still feel hot enough.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Have you remembered to change your HVAC system’s filter before the holiday season? As the nighttime temperatures in Vero Beach start to dip into the lower 50s, you’ll start using your heating system. To ensure it operates at peak efficiency, schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance and change its filter. By doing so, you’ll ensure that your heater:

  • Wastes as little energy as possible
  • Doesn’t break down and require a costly repair
  • Lasts through the cooler winter months

Save as much money as you can this holiday season by taking care of your HVAC system. Invest in an energy savings agreement, and it’ll pay for itself in no time. Contact Barker Air Conditioning and Heating today at 772-562-2103 to learn more about how you can save energy at home this holiday season.

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