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Here are some ways you can reduce your energy consumption this holiday season:

  1. LED Christmas Lights
  2. limit the use of christmas lights/lights in general.  Make sure to turn off the lights during the day and before you go to sleep at night, this will also help prevent fires.
  3. The Fireplace. The Alliance for Saving Energy says that “while using a fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or opening the nearest window slightly (about an inch), closing the door to that room, and turning down the thermostat to 50 to 55 degrees. And don’t forget to close the flue when you’re done enjoying the fire.”
  4. Eat less meat.  Meat is carbon-intensive. Check local places (or even places like Wegman’s), where you can get meats from local supplies. This will reduce food miles and combustion energy.
  5. Don’t leave your oven on

Resources:  http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/green-holiday-energy1.html

The EPA has some more great ways to save and reduce energy this season! Follow here: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/hi-winter.htm

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