The holiday season is here, and it’s time to think about how you can save on your North Charleston, South Carolina, electricity bill without sacrificing your family favorites and traditions. Try a few of these tips, and they’ll help keep your payments under control.

Use LED Lights

When you’re decorating, swap your old lights out for LED strands and bulbs. They come in more colors, shine brighter, and last longer. LED lighting will use 70% less energy than your old standards, and you’ll see the effect on your energy bill.

Break Out the Countertop Appliances

Instead of running your gas or electric stove for all of your holiday cooking, make use of the slow cooker, toaster oven, or air fryer. The smaller appliances won’t pull as much energy and won’t heat up your kitchen like your oven and stove. They’ll also use just a fraction of the power you would ordinarily use.

Turn Down the Thermostat for the Holiday Party

Before your guests arrive, turn the temperature down. Your family and friends tend to dress warmly for the cooler weather, so the lower temperature will be more comfortable and save you energy at the same time.

Set a Timer

While everyone loves to show off their holiday decorations outside, there’s only a certain amount of time when the beautiful lighting will be visible. If you can’t remember to turn them off and on at a set time, plug your light display into a timer and set it for only the hours when your work can be properly appreciated. Aim for six hours or less, and you’ll see savings on your monthly bill.

Have a Holiday Baking Day

Save yourself energy and time and plan a single day for all of your holiday baking. Spending just one day with your oven in steady use will only heat the kitchen once as opposed to multiple times throughout the month.

This time of year, save the stress of the larger electric bills and take steps to save where you can. For help with energy-saving appliances, contact our professionals at Mister Sparky® of Charleston at (843) 418-0696.