AHEA Tips for a safe and energy-efficient holiday season
Decorating this holiday season can be done safely with the following tips:
• Check strands of holiday bulbs and discard strands of lights that have damaged cords.
• Use the correct type of bulbs for indoor and outdoor use. Make sure to plug bulbs into a Smart power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
• When using a ladder to hang holiday lights, stay clear of nearby power lines.
• When shopping for a live tree, look for a fresh one. Dry trees are a greater fire hazard than fresh ones.
• When using an artificial tree, make sure it is flame-resistant.
• Do not place a tree near the fireplace, heat vents or portable heaters
• Use nonflammable ornaments to decorate the tree.
Enjoying the holidays does not have to mean higher energy bills.
Follow these tips:
• Use energy-efficient LED holiday bulbs. LED bulbs last longer, require less energy and can lead to cost savings.
• Put outdoor lights on a timer to save electricity.
• Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees. A programmable thermostat is an affordable way to stay comfortable and save energy.
• When traveling, set the thermostat to 55 degrees to save energy and prevent water pipes from freezing.