The holidays can already be a financially stressful time of the year — and electric bills don’t make it easier. If you want to lower your Clearwater, Florida, home’s electric bills this holiday season, make these changes to start saving money.

LED Christmas Lights

If you’re still using hand-me-down incandescent lights, you can save a little energy by switching them out with modern and more efficient LED lights. LED lights might cost more than incandescent lights, but they last longer and don’t consume as much electricity as their older counterparts. We wouldn’t tell you to decorate less — you should celebrate how you want to. But if you can replace decorations with smarter, more efficient options, then your wallet will thank you in the long run.

Unplug and Save

Many of us enjoy getting into the holiday spirit by creating big displays that use electricity to shine, inflate, make music, and so forth. But many of us aren’t awake in the wee hours of the morning to enjoy them. Rather than keep your displays plugged in overnight, make a habit of turning them off before you tuck into bed for the night. Consider using a power strip to make turning off all your electric displays easier. Timers are also available so that you can program when to power down the appliances and decorations at a specified time.

Turn Your Heat Down

If you have an electricity-powered HVAC system or space heater, consider turning them down a few degrees. Every degree you turn down your heat saves you money on your bills when the winter cold finally comes. You could also have a smart thermostat installed in your home to heat and cool it more efficiently. Instead of keeping it warm enough in your home to walk around in shorts, put on those holiday sweaters that are hanging in the back of your closet to stay comfortable.

If you’re looking for ways to make your HVAC system save you money on your bills through greater efficiency, give our team at Arctic Air Systems a call at (727) 877-3396. Following these tips and improving your HVAC system’s efficiency are great ways to save you money during the holidays.

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