Top tips for an energy-efficient Christmas
The festive season uses up a whole lot of energy: electronic gadgets, Christmas lights, cooking and central heating all add up to a hefty post-Christmas energy bill.
According to The Energy Trust, we Brits collectively spend £1 million on Christmas Day alone, just by watching TV!
But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are ways to help reduce energy usage and costs during the Christmas period and over the course of the year:
- Turning down your thermostat by one degree could save you around £90 a year
- Turning off TVs, games consoles and other tech devices rather than leaving them in standby mode could save you an extra £30 a year
- Invest in LED, fibre-optic Christmas lights, which are 90% more energy efficient
- Put your Christmas lights on a timer so they turn on when it grows dark and off when you go to bed
- Consider installing a smart meter so you can accurately monitor your energy usage at Christmas and throughout the year. Just bear in mind that if you do decide to switch your supplier, you might need to get a new smart meter.