There’s no doubt about it: the most wonderful time of year is usually the most expensive, too.
I originally started this blog post by listing all of my usual holiday expenses, but quickly abandoned the effort when I realized the list would be longer than my children’s combined holiday wish lists (and, trust me, they go on forever). However, while brainstorming some of the things I inevitably spend money on, I realized there are so many items I don’t normally budget for at the start of the season, like gift bags, impulse décor purchases, matching holiday pjs, etc. It made me all the more motivated to save money where I can, and that includes reducing my energy bill!
There are simply ways to save on energy costs over the holidays; you may already be employing some of the techniques without even realizing! Here are my top four tips for using less energy:
LED Christmas lights use up to 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, and they usually retail for less than $10 a strand. There’s no better win-win!
No need to use the main oven when a toaster oven or microwave will do – especially for cooking appetizers or reheating dishes.
They use up to 60% less electricity than their non-certified counterparts, and during the busy holiday season, this can amount to significant savings!
Holiday baking is a tradition in most families, but there are smarter strategies, such as being mindful of off-peak hours or inviting your friends over for a Christmas cookie exchange.
I’ve been experimenting with no-bake treats this holiday season and am happy to share this simple recipe for Candy Cane Fudge!
It’s a little ambitious to call this a “recipe” because it only includes six ingredients and can be assembled in a jiffy. In fact, the first time I made this fudge, it was with my girlfriend relaying instructions to me over the phone! Yes, it’s that simple!
Here’s what you’ll need:
This Candy Cane fudge is a hit with the kids (and the kids at heart!) and I know I’ll be making it at least twice over the holidays.
Visit the Save on Energy Advice and Tips page for more tips and tricks to reduce your energy consumption and save on your monthly energy bills.
Lena Almeida is the Toronto Blogger and Social Media Strategist behind Listen to Lena. She has been sponsored by the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Save on Energy program.