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LED holiday bulbs are now available
in many colours. As well as using
less energy, they are long lasting, safe to touch and
won’t burn your children’s hands. Use LED light strings
to decorate your tree and LED candles to add warmth to
your home safely. You can use LED lights
both indoors and out, but be
sure to either put them on
timers or unplug them
when you go to bed.
Before decorating, check all light
sets for frayed wires, damaged
sockets, or cracked insulation.
If you find any defects, replace
the entire set. When buying light
sets, make sure you buy the right
ones for indoor, outdoor use,
or both – and don’t overload
your electrical circuits.
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With more people visiting and staying in homes
during the holidays, energy use can climb.
Make sure everyone understands the
need to use energy efficiently.
Microwave ovens cook food quickly
and with relatively little energy.
They’re great for cooking
vegetables and can reheat
items at the last minute. If
you’re cooking for a crowd,
use as many energy-saving appliances as
you can – the microwave, toaster oven,
slow cooker…and even the barbeque!
Don’t let the cold air escape from your
refrigerator and freezer – keep the doors
closed as much as possible. However,
leaving the door open while you take a number
of items out at once is more efficient than opening
and closing it several times.
Trim back appliance
usage to save.
Use dishwashers, washing
dryers only when
they are full, and
use the shortest,
coolest or most
Use cold water
when you can.
Set your water
heater to no higher than
120°F or according to
If you are going to be away for the holidays,
unplug the water heater.
Holiday trips could result
in energy savings.
If you’re going away for the holidays,
unplug or turn off everything that you can.
If appliances or electronics are plugged in, they are using
energy. For example, appliances with built-in clocks always
draw small amounts of energy.
Enjoy more time with loved ones.
Why not enjoy the holidays watching
one TV together, rather than
having several on in different
rooms? Remember, too,
the bigger the TV screen,
the more energy it uses.
for an energy-efficient