How to save on en­ergy bills this Christ­mas

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - Property News -

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.elec­tri­cire­

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.

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