CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Before you go to fa-la-la decking those halls this season, take advantage of Duke Energy's holiday lighting calculator to determine the most efficient way to display your holiday spirit.
Users can identify the type of lights, the number of 100-bulb strands and how many hours the lights will be used per day to estimate the energy cost per day and per month. Based on their selections, customers can receive energy-efficient tips and options.
For example, six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) plugged in six hours every evening can add as much as $80 to a monthly power bill.
By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only about $7. Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only $1.
Turkey, stuffing and pie are just some of the staples of a holiday feast. And, a lot of your energy goes in to mixing, roasting and baking your favorite dishes. Use our cooking calculator to see the total cost of preparing everything from appetizers to desserts.
Money-saving tips to combat the cold
As the holiday season heats up, temperatures will cool down. Help save on your winter energy bills with the following tips:
- The thermostat can be the biggest contributor of high winter bills. Select the lowest comfortable setting on your thermostat when you're home, then lower the temperature a degree or two when you leave.
- Change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy.
- Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. Regular service calls from a licensed technician will help to properly maintain your heating and cooling system.
- The ceiling fan is a great way to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room.
- On sunny days, leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun's rays to warm the house.
- Wear warm clothing for additional energy savings at home. If you're planning a holiday party this season, consider an ugly sweater theme. That way, you can bump down the thermostat a degree or two while your guests stay toasty and warm.
A safe and happy holiday season
Having a happy holiday means having a safe holiday. Before you transform your home into a festival of lights, follow these tips to stay safe and happy this holiday season:
- Before installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
- Never use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord.
- Plug exterior lights into ground-fault interruptible (GFI) outlets only. If the home lacks outside GFI outlets, call an electrician to install them.
- Before climbing a ladder, inspect it to ensure it's in good working condition and follow the weight limits specified on the ladder and manufacturer instructions.
- Never use a ladder on or near power lines.
For more tips and information on how to save energy and money visit www.duke-energy.com.
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