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Saving Energy on New Year's Eve

December 27, 2013 | Blog

2014 is quickly approaching. On a night known for bright lights and brighter resolutions, it’s easy to throw efficiency to the wind in favor of sparkling spectacle. That’s why Lee’s Air is happy to provide you with three ways to save energy this New Year’s Eve! As you stock up on bubbly, streamers and black eyed peas, don’t forget to add these energy-saving tips to your to-do list!

1. Make the switch to LED lights.

If you haven’t already, take a cue from the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and opt for LED lights this New Year’s Eve. The twinkling lights you drape tastefully for your countdown can last for 17 more NYEs to come when you choose LED bulbs. With these energy-efficient bulbs, you’ll receive the same level of light with over 80% of energy savings. You can rack up more savings by purchasing LED lights with a timer, like these found at Target. Setting your timers to shut off at a convenient time will take one more task off of your cleanup list.

2. Carpool

Energy doesn’t just apply to lights. You can reduce your carbon offset, save energy, reduce traffic and travel safely by carpooling or sharing a taxi this New Year’s Eve. Remember, you aren’t just saving gas. You’re saving money, the environment and even your own physical energy. Play it safe and smart this New Year’s Eve and find a few friends and sober driver to carpool with.

3. Party Efficiently

Hosting your own New Year’s Eve party is a great alternative to fighting the crowds downtown. Here are a few easy ways to reduce at-home energy waste during your countdown bash:

  • Set your thermostat ahead of time. If you’re going to have a large group of people in your home, it’s going to feel warm if you don’t plan ahead. Instead of constantly toggling your air conditioner on and off, set your thermostat from 65-68 degrees. With the addition of your guests’ body heat, the temperature will remain comfortable all night long. If you’re expecting very cold temperatures, light a fire in your fireplace. This will allow you to set your thermostat to a lower temperature without sacrificing comfort. (Plus, everyone loves the crackle of a warm fire!)
  • Keep your drinks on ice. Opt for decorative ice buckets instead of storing everyone’s beverages in the fridge. All of the opening and closing will cause your refrigerator to work harder and longer to maintain the proper temperature for food storage.
  • Minimize comings and goings. If your HVAC unit is working to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, constantly opening doors will seriously impede its efforts. Fluctuating temperatures will cause your AC or heater to toggle on and off, which is far from efficient. Try to arrange your home in a way where your guests don’t have to make regular trips outside.

As you countdown Tuesday night, don’t forget to add energy savings to your list of resolutions. These tips may make it far easier than you expected!

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