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.