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12 Days of Holiday Energy Savings

As many of us are still trying to take care of those last-minute holiday preparations—our energy bill can be the last thing on our mind. However, the holidays are times when we’re most at-home with our family—baking cookies, watching Christmas movies and driving around doing last-minute holiday shopping.

This holiday season Gexa Energy has you covered! We’re getting in the energy-saving spirit this holiday season. Check out these quick and easy tips for the next 12 days of winter savings:

Day 1: Use a programmable thermostat.

Don’t pay for warm air that you aren’t using. Get a Thermostat that you can auto-program to lower 10-15 degrees for away hours during the colder days.

Day 2: Weatherize all of your windows.

Weatherizing your windows can cut heat loss to about 25-50%.

Day 3: Check your heating systems for maintenance.

Replace your air filter(s) at least once a month or as needed to help your heater work more efficiently.

Day 4: Install automatic timers and LED holiday lighting.

Use Automatic timers and LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

Day 5: Take advantage of the heat from the sun.

Open your south-facing window shades during the day and allow the sunlight to naturally heat your home.

Day 6: Consider alternative cooking options.

A Slow Cooker is more energy efficient than your oven and can be left on all day. At 200-250 watts on the high setting, it beats any toaster oven at 1225 watts.

Day 7: Install LED lighting and CFLs.

Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

Day 8: Entertain guests or your family at home more efficiently.

Be sure to turn down the thermostat—the combination of the stove, the hot food, and the warm bodies should keep the house plenty comfortable.

Day 9: Combine errands to reduce the number of trips you take.

Errands add up; several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

Day 10: Give your stove burners a break.

Electric stovetop with metal reflectors underneath the burners, should stay free of dirt and grime. The should help your stove work more efficiently.

Day 11: Replace switches with dimmer controls.

Dimmer controls provide variable indoor lighting. When you dim lightbulbs, it reduces their wattage and output, which helps save energy.

Day 12: Make a New Years resolution to save energy.

Think about exactly how you want to save energy in the new year. Is your electric bill too high? Make goals that help you identify how you can save.

For more energy savings tips and to learn about our plans visit, www.gexaenergy.com.