November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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SAVING ENERGY DURING THE HOLIDAYS by Keith Buchhalter

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e all love the holidays. It’s time for family gatherings, getting creative and decorating our homes, and enjoying cooler temperatures. I believe this time of the year is our reward for surviving the triple-digit temperatures of summer in our region. It is also a great time to think about how we can be more energy efficient. I am always looking for ways to save, and as we are entering the season of giving, I would like to kick-start it by sharing with you some great tips I have compiled for this time of the year. LIGHT UP YOUR TREE WITH LED AND FIBER OPTICS Whether you like to deck the halls or put up a simple tree, LED holiday lights are the smartest choice for energy savings. LED Christmas lights use only 10% of the energy that regular bulbs use. They are also much safer than their incandescent or halogen counterparts because they generate only a fraction of the heat. With LEDs, there’s no need to panic if you accidentally leave the lights on overnight. Another alternative is to use fiber optics. Many decorations now use fiber optics, so explore and try something new. Most times, these fiber optics don’t even need bulbs! UNPLUG—BEWARE OF VACATION VAMPIRES If you are planning to travel during the holidays, there are some things to consider before you leave that can help you save energy while away. One tip is to be aware of phantom energy users in your home. Here are a few items to unplug to save energy while away: TVs DVD players Computers & Monitors

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