As we start looking toward the holiday seasons, some of you might notice a jump in your utility bill and be wondering why? Here are some tips to help keep those electric bills off the naughty list!

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  • Holiday lights and decorations use energy. Switch to safe, long-lasting, energy-efficient LED holiday lights whenever possible.
  • Use a timer to reliably turn your holiday lights on and off at specific times.
  • Savvy shopping will save you money. You can qualify for rebates on Energy Star qualified decorative light strings.
  • Don't overload your electric circuits, check fuses or circuit breaker panels to see what your home can handle, and stay well withing the limits.
  • Adhere to manufacturer's designations and locations of use (indoor vs. outdoor).
  • Avoid stringing more than three sets of lights together and plugging into a single outlet.
  • Holiday entertaining involves extra cooking and baking, which requires extra electricity. Try using your microwave for smaller dishes, or a crockpot while saving your oven for larger items, like turkeys. Also make sure you've cleaned your refrigerator's coils and check to make sure its seals fit tightly when the doors close. 
  • When baking up goodies, use the oven light instead of opening the oven door whenever possible. Also, when you have finished u baking for the day, use the heat from the oven to warm up the room by leaving the door open after shutting the oven off.
  • Turn down the thermostat when you have guests. Having more people in the house translates into extra warmth at no cost to you.
  • Shorter days and longer nights mean lights stay on longer, both inside and out. A standard 100-watt lamp costs roughly a penny an hour to operate, so consider replacing it with an energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulb and always remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room.
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