How to save on energy bills this Christmas
WITH the Halloween festivities over, the countdown to Christmas has begun.
A magical time of the year, the festive season focuses on family and fun but it can also put a burden on your bank balance.
To help brighten up your Christmas, local energy company Electric Ireland has come up with six # Smarterliving energy – and money – saving tips.
1. Switch to LED Christmas lights. It’s a task set for every household each year – digging out the Christmas lights and untangling the Christmas tree lights only to realise that half of them are out! But did you know that LED Christmas lights use 90% less energy than regular ones?
LED lights last up to 25 times longer and they don’t burn out. With their hard- wearing durability and eco-friendly nature LED lights are exceptionally energy efficient and a smart choice for your Christmas lights this year. Another tip is to invest in a timer so you can have more control over your electricity usage or turn off the room lights when your Christmas lights are on.
2. Let the warmth of friendship do the heating. Extra bodies in the house mean extra warmth at no cost to you so why not have a smarter Christmas this year and turn down your thermostat when there’s plenty of guests over.
3. The great Christmas bake off. At a time when friends and family visit your home most why not be the host with the most and cook several dishes for your guests, all at once – this way you can make the most of your oven and the energy that goes into heating it. It takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearlyempty one. Another tip for when cooking is to keep the lids on your pots, this way your food will cook quicker meaning less energy used.
4. Keep in the heat. Make sure you home is cosy this Christmas by keeping the heat in. The gap under your door is an escape route for heat so why not seal it up with a £ 10 adhesive strip of brush from the DIY shop. Also, gaps can appear in your window frame seals so be sure to draughtproof windows and doors and you could save between £ 25 to £35 a year.
5. A bonus tip! To save on your energy in the lead up to Christmas switch to an Electric Ireland account and save up to £50.
Find out more about how you can switch to Electric Ireland and begin saving today by visiting https://www.electricireland.com/switchni
Electric Ireland is the partner of this year’s Belfast Telegraph Property Awards 2018 which will be celebrated at a glittering ceremony in Belfast next week.