Save Money and Energy This Holiday Season With Tips From National Grid
WALTHAM, MASS., November 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The holiday season features festive lighting displays, family feasts, cold nights, and the shortest days of the year – what better time for customers to focus on energy efficiency? National Grid encourages customers to follow simple energy efficiency tips while decorating and entertaining this year to ensure that everyone enjoys safe, affordable, and environmentally friendly holidays.
Energy efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) decorative light strings have definite advantages over incandescent lighting because they use up to 90 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light, which results in significant savings. LEDs are also more durable and safer – especially when used around dry trees – because unlike traditional lights that can get hot and pose a fire hazard, LED light bulbs always stay cool. For the most efficient products, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website at http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-efficient-holiday-decorating-tips.
Advanced power strips can save up to $100 per year in energy costs by eliminating “standby energy loss.” When peripheral appliances such as audio equipment or computer monitors are not being used, they often still consume energy. Advanced power strips shut off electricity to such devices automatically, while maintaining power to products that need it, such as cable boxes or modems. Also, consider using fewer lights and more decorations that do not use energy— such as wreaths or poinsettias.
Additional holiday energy-saving tips:
- Yard Inflatables – Yard inflatables range from simple to extravagant. Operating some of these inflatables can be expensive. Larger displays consume anywhere from about 150 watts per hour to as much as 200 watts. At 10 hours per day, the total cost of electricity could be $10 per inflatable, per month.
- Holiday Cooking – Use the smallest appliance, pan and burner while cooking to save energy. For example, microwave ovens require less than half the energy of a conventional oven. Slow cookers are great ways to cook for a family and save money. On average, a whole meal can be cooked in a slow cooker for 17 cents worth of electricity.
- Smart Baking – Improve oven efficiency by keeping the doors closed as much as possible and baking several dishes at the same time and temperature.
- Keeping Food Cool – Newer refrigerators are more energy efficient than older ones. Refrigerators and freezers operate more efficiently when the doors are kept closed as much as possible. If necessary, leaving the doors open for a longer period of time is more efficient than opening and closing them several times.
- Storing the Feast – Keep extra beverages and holiday leftovers cold by storing them in a garage or on a porch, if temperatures permit. Unplugging a second refrigerator or freezer can save $23 per month in electricity costs. Old refrigerators and freezers can be recycled through National Grid. The appliance will be picked up for free at a customer’s convenience. Taking an older unit out of operation can save up to $150 a year in avoided electric costs and National Grid will pay a $50 reward for the appliance.
- Turn Off the Lights – Limit the time that lights are on. Wait until dark to turn on your holiday lights; then, turn them off before you go to bed. Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal. Turning off room lights when the tree is lit can also make a difference. The lights on a holiday tree should provide more than enough lighting to navigate around the room.
- Smart Gifts – Giving a television, computer or other big electronic gifts or appliances this year? Do the right thing by purchasing a product with the ENERGY STAR label. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov .
National Grid hopes these tips will be helpful in saving energy tips this holiday season, but having a home energy assessment will secure you the biggest energy savings and provide your family more comfort through the coming winter season. For more information about home energy audits and other energy savings available to customers visit www.nationalgridus.com, select your region or state from the menu at the top of the page and click on “Energy efficiency services.”
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).