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Festive lights, full ovens and houseguests galore are staples of the holiday season - but all that extra fun can be not so jolly on the bank account. Florida Power & Light is helping its customers save energy and money this holiday season with 10 tips to save this holiday season.
1. Deck the halls with LEDs. When it comes to holiday lighting, LED lights are the bright choice to get more for your money. The amount of power it takes to operate just one 7-watt incandescent holiday bulb could power two 24-foot LED strings - enough to light a six-foot tree. Additionally, LED light strings last about 10 times longer.
2. Set time on your side. Set timers for your holiday displays to turn off before bedtime so there is no need to burn the lights all night long.
3. Switch your non-holiday lights. Before overnight guests arrive, switch out guest room and common area lighting to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Each CFL bulb you install will save you about $50 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
4. Turn it off. Remind guests to turn off lights and fans when they leave the room. Stopping one ceiling fan from constantly running and turning at least one light off when you leave the room can save you more than $7 a month on your electric bill.
5. Stop peeking! Ovens lose a lot of heat when opened and require significant energy to heat back up to the appropriate temperature. Instead, when you have to sneak-a-peek, turn the oven light on and look through the interior window.
6. Choose glass or ceramic pans for the oven. These pans heat faster than metal ones and allow you to set the temperature 25 degrees lower than a recipe suggests for the same cooking time.
7. Don't forget your crock-pot. Use smaller appliances such as crock-pots, microwaves and toaster ovens when possible. These can be much more energy-efficient for side dishes or small meals.
8. Select energy-efficient electronics. When it comes to buying gifts for your loved ones, opt for a laptop computer over a desktop computer. Laptop computers require 50-80 percent less power than a desktop computer.
9. Let the star be your guide. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo when purchasing larger electronics or appliances. Newer ENERGY STAR models meet stricter requirements and can reduce energy usage up to 40 percent over standard models.
10. Give the gift of light. Use solar-powered pathway or security lights for your home or as a gift to the person who loves being outside in the evening.
For more ways to save energy year-round, take an Online Home Energy Survey at www.FPL.com/OHES.
For more information, visit www.FPL.com.