Tis the season for Christmas lights, cozy fires, and, in Southern California, the one time of year that we may need to use our heaters. If all the holiday spending wasn’t enough, our energy bill is yet another addition to the lengthy list of expenses.

When the holidays come around we tend to be a bit wasteful in our energy use. In fact, the power companies of Southern California have issued energy conservation alerts urging people to use less. So how can you do your part and save some money while you’re at it? Here are some tips…
1. Most of us put our holiday lights on a timer, but what about your electronics? Unplug your devices when you’re not using them or set them on timers. Leaving items like your blowdryer, toaster, or Keurig plugged in takes up energy. So unplug.
2. Switch to LEDs and turn off unneeded lights. If you don’t already use LEDs, it’s time to make the switch. LED lights now come in all shades and colors so you don’t have to worry about having white light illuminating your house. You should also get in the habit of turning off the lights when you leave a room. Many of us tend to leave lights on throughout the house unnecessarily. Next time, switch it off.
3. Check to make sure vents are open and clean in order to circulate air well. A dirty vent blocks air from being pushed out taking more time and, therefore, more energy to heat your home.
4. Double check your thermostat. Make sure it is set to a schedule that’s running as needed.
Following these tips not only helps with energy conservation – something we all should be cognizant of – but it can also help reduce the cost of your heating bill saving you some extra cash.