POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:45pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — On average, Texan's spend a little more than $90 a month on energy bills. However, during December this number drastically increases. The increase can reach $150 additional per month. This can be attributed to heaters being used more frequently, and Christmas decorations being put up. Whether it's lights or blow-up figures, these all require a large amount of energy.
One family, the Burns, set up an elaborate display on their front yard every Christmas. Even they admit, "It was just getting too expensive. The more blow-ups we got the more energy we were using".
For families like this who enjoy getting into the spirit, clever energy saving techniques are used. For instance, changing those old incandescent light strands. Kris Burns said, "We had the old lights but we're switching everything over to LED. That's really helped a lot".
KETK also spoke with the TXU energy company, who has a few recommendations when picking out Christmas decor. Shawn Parker said, "Timers are fantastic. We also recommend things that don't take electricity at all, like some reflective decorations like tinsel and mirrors".
In order to keep those heating bills low, Parker also said, "We recommend setting the temperature the thermostat to 68 degrees. Use blankets. If you get a little chilly a blanket can be great. When it's a sunny day and it's cold outside, we recommend opening those blinds and letting that sun shine in".
Additionally, when cooking for the family, crock pots conserve more energy than ovens.
These tips can always be used year round, but are especially useful during the holiday months.