1. Use ENERGY-STAR qualified lights and strands to decorate. They use 70% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than regular lights, and they give off less heat, reducing the risk of fire.
  2. Decreasing the temperature by one degree can save up to 5% on heating costs. Try to keep the thermostat around 68 degrees during the winter.
  3. While cooking holiday meals, keep the oven door closed until the food is done cooking. Opening the door can reduce the oven temperature as much as 25 degrees, forcing it to use more energy. Use the oven window to check on the food as it cooks.
  4. Take advantage of heat from the sun by opening your curtains during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
  5. Installing a light timer for your decked out home. It can help lower your electric bill and reduce energy consumption.