As the average daily highs dip in Jackson, Mississippi, homeowners start to prepare for the holiday season ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – there’s plenty of family fun to look forward to. But when you consider Mississippi ranks third in the United States for average residential electricity consumption, your energy bill might feel more like a curse than a blessing. To save money through this year’s holidays, follow these three energy-efficient tips.
Upgrade to LED Holiday Lights
Hanging holiday lights for Halloween and Christmas is a fun way to spend time with your family. If you don’t already, use LED lighting. Not only are LED holiday lights sturdier and more durable but they also last longer and consume 70 percent less energy than inefficient incandescent light strands. In fact, it costs a little more than quarter to light a 6-foot tree for 12 hours per day for 40 days with LED lights. With incandescent lights, it would cost $10.
Turn the Thermostat Down
Heating your home can become costly, even in a locale like Jackson, where daytime temperatures can feel relatively mild during the winter. Not blasting your heater can save you hundreds through the holidays. When you invite guests over or use the oven to bake holiday treats, remember to turn the thermostat down. You should never increase it to higher than 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake. When away or asleep, lower it for even more savings.
Invest in HVAC Maintenance
A heater breakdown is one of the worst things that can happen during a holiday dinner. To ensure your family and friends remain comfortable around your table, invest in HVAC maintenance. Doing so will optimize your heater for energy efficiency, reduce the risk of a major breakdown and help your heating system last for many holidays to come.
The holiday season is a busy time of the year. Don’t add to the stress by not taking care of your heater and risking a major breakdown. Contact Dent Air Conditioning at 601-912-0535 today for a professional and an affordable tuneup.