From haunted houses to spooky walks, Halloween can be a terrifying night. But your energy bill doesn’t have to be so frightening. Even simple energy-use changes can add significant monthly savings to your bill.
So while you’re out celebrating with your friends, carving pumpkins on your porch, or loading up on candy from the generous souls in your neighborhood, practice these energy-saving tricks, and you’ll be sure to find an energy-saving treat!
- Get rid of vampires. It’s only fitting this time of year to talk about the vampire energy that threatens your energy bill. Vampire energy is the electricity that leaks out of your appliances and electronics, even when turned off. Most electronics consume energy as long as they are plugged into the wall. You can’t ward them off with garlic cloves, but the solution is simple enough; unplug any unused devices, and you’ll be well on your way to energy savings.
- Scare off creepy creatures. Consider placing solar lighting outside your home; after all, the scariest creatures crave the dark. These lights will keep your path well-lit for trick-or-treaters, and seeing they use the sun’s power instead of electricity; they won’t increase your bill.
- Keep your little goblins safe. If you’re out trick-or-treating with your kids, keep them protected. Try giving your little ones shakable flashlights. These flashlights don’t need batteries or even a charger. Instead, kids light their way by shaking them.
- Stop wasting heat on ghosts. If you’re out and about this Halloween, you may want to turn down the thermostat in your home a few degrees. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees in the colder seasons for optimal energy efficiency. There’s no point in keeping it comfortable if no one is there to enjoy it.