Monday, December 16, 2013
Holiday parties are a great, fun way to spend time with family and friends while eating delicious food. However, all of the parties and hustle and bustle of Christmas can also be rather expensive. Here are some easy ways to cut back on your spending and save some energy this holiday season.
Christmas lights are a great way to set a festive tone for your party. In order for them to not wreak havoc on your electricity bill set your outdoor Christmas lights on timers so that they do not waste energy by being on when it is still light outside. In addition, use LED lights this year instead of regular ones. Inside, use all of those candles you have been storing away. Candles create a cozy, elegant atmosphere, and they allow you to dim the lights.
Saving Water (from EPA-Winter Tips)
The US Environmental Protection Agency states that running the tap water for a minute can waste up to 2 gallons of water. This is a problem when it comes to cooking and cleaning up after a large holiday meal and you have the water constantly running!
As a solution the EPA recommends scraping dishes prior to placing them in the dishwasher instead of rinsing them. Another idea is to fill up the sink with soapy water instead of washing each dish individually. After, rinse all of the dishes together.
Having a big party with lots of people is the perfect time to turn down the thermostat a few degrees. All of the extra bodies in your house will warm it right up!
If you are hosting a smaller gather without as many people, you can still turn down the heat. Just use the fireplace for a little bit of extra heat and to create a cozy, Christmasy ambiance.
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