Halloween can be a spooky night, but your energy bill need not be so shocking. A few small changes can add up to significant savings each month. So while you’re carving pumpkins or stocking up on candy, practice these energy-saving tricks and you’re likely to find an energy-saving treat!
1) Get rid of vampires
Now is the perfect time to talk about vampire energy that threatens your energy bill. Despite being turned off, your appliances and electronics leak vampire energy. While plugged into the wall, most electronics continue to consume energy. Cloves of garlic won’t keep them away, but there is a simple solution. Unplug any devices that are not in use or switch off your power strip and you’ll be well on your way to energy savings.
2) Keep creepy creatures away
Install solar lighting outside of your home; the scariest creatures love the dark. Just a few solar lights will illuminate the path to your door for trick-or-treaters. You won’t have to pay more for them since they aren’t wired into your home’s electricity. Instead, they use solar power and can be used year-round.
3) Don’t waste heat on ghosts
When you’re out and about this Halloween, turn down your home’s thermostat as there’s no point in heating it when you’re not there to enjoy it. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees in the colder seasons for optimal energy efficiency. But turning down the temperature another 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours could save you between 5 – 15 percent on your energy bill.
4) Protect your little goblins
Make sure your kids are protected when trick-or-treating. Give your children shakable flashlights, which don’t require batteries or even a charger. Instead, kids simply shake them to light their way. And if you want to be even greener, pick up some LED shakable flashlights, which are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and last longer.