Save Money On Your Energy This Winter

Depending on the person, you either love the cooler weather, or hate it. Universally, there are days where you just want to be warm. Here are a few tips to help you save money on your electricity bill.

  • Wear layers. Not running your heating units at all will save money most effectively.
  • If you just need the extra warmth – space heaters. Space heaters can be more efficient than modern heating units. If you have a smaller room to heat, a smaller space heater will save you money and energy.
  • Maintain your HVAC unit. Summers can be hard on your HVAC system. To ensure you won’t be surprised by your energy bill, this would be a good time to schedule a tune up of your heating units.
  • Take advantage of your programmable or smart thermostat. When you are home and awake, set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. When you are asleep or out, set your thermostat back about 10° for 8 hours. If you do this all year long, you can save about 10% a year. If you don’t yet have a programmable or smart thermostat, but are interested in getting one, you can save $50 here.
  • Take advantage of natural heat. On sunny days, open your curtains and/or blinds and allow the sun to heat your home. Close them during the evening to reduce the opposite effect.
  • Apply plastic wrap and tape to the inside of your draftier windows. It helps reduce infiltration of the cooler air and keep the heat inside.
  • Double check your fireplace (if you have one). There is a damper in the fireplace that lets the smoke out of your house when you light it. Double check to make sure it’s sealed when you aren’t using it to prevent your warm air from escaping your home.
  • Switch your fan blades rotation. Hot air rises so if you switch the rotation, it can actually push the heated air back at you.

8 Christmas Gifts For The Person Who Has Almost Everything

We all have those people in our lives that are complicated to buy for. They claim they “have everything” but we all know that’s not true. Here are some options that could inspire you for that difficult person.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker


Sure, you COULD make all of these things separately but why not just use one tool to do it all?

Comes in red, black and silver.



Microwaveable Slippers

Microwaveable booties will help any cold person get through the winter. They also work well without the added heat.Comes in white, gray, black, spotted white or spotted leopard print.



Heated Blankets for the Car

Heated blankets for the car for the person who is always cold when someone else is always hot. Control the environment with this car powered heated blanket.Colors come in a variety of colored plaids (black, orange, green and red) and blue.



Heated USB Mouse

Keep your cold person’s hands warm at the office with a heated mouse!



Chai Tea Set

If you like tea they will eventually run out of it. This set was listed as one of “Oprah’s favorite things” so you know it has to be good.



Hot Sauce

Everyone likes to change up the flavors they use every once in a while. Use it on chicken wings or on sausage.



BeatsX Earphones

If you have someone who loves to stay active or needs the ability of having a great Bluetooth speaker, BeatsX Earphones have it all. They come in satin silver, red, white gold or black.



Ember Mug

Never let their coffee get cold! Ember Temperature Smart Mug has an hour and a half battery life and can be controlled by an app on their phone.



Tis the Season for Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Holiday season calls for festive decorating around the house. Whether you’re setting up your Christmas tree or putting up lights outside, here are some helpful hints to help you decorate around the home.

Picking Out Christmas Lights

There are a couple different lights to choose from. We’ll tell you the difference so you can know what you’re looking at when you go to the store.

Types of Lights

  • Incandescent String Lights – Inexpensive and have been standard for years. Variety of styles and colors available.
  • LED (light-emitting diode) lights – LEDs are initially more expensive than incandescents, but are 85% more energy efficient and can last up to 40 holiday seasons. They also remain cool to the touch. They give off a bright light with various shapes and colors.
  • White Lights – White light gives your tree a classic look without distracting from your ornaments.
  • Colored Lights – Multicolored lights give your tree a more vintage look. Lights can also come in a string of one color (pink, purple, blue, etc).

Size of Light Bulbs 

C9 & C7 – C standards for cone shaped. C9 light bulbs are over 2” long and fit an E17 base. C7 are smaller than the C9 bulbs. They have an E12 base (the same as a nightlight). They are about 1 ½” long.

C9 and C7 lightbulb

Both the C7 and C9 light bulb types are pretty and can double as an ornament. In the traditional, incandescent style, they put off a lot of a heat. Because of the high heat that is put off from the lights, it is recommended to not decorate your tree with either of these “C” shaped lightbulbs. They do come in LED options if you like the look on your tree.

Mini lights – this size of lights is what is recommended for your Christmas tree.

Tip: Pets or small children will grab at low hanging ornaments or lights. Keep that in mind when decorating.

How many lights do you need for your tree?

A go-to rule is 100 lights for every-foot-and-a-half of tree. To make your tree extra lit, an additional strand of lights to wrap around the trunk of the tree would be recommended. Below is a quick estimate for each size of Christmas tree height.

How many lights do  you need for your tree?

Tree Height        # Mini Lights            5mm LEDs              C7 Bulbs

4′                             400                               300                           25
6′                             600                               450                           50
8’                             800                               600                           100
10’                           1,000                            750                           150
12’                           1,200                            900                           200
14′                           1,500                            1,125                        250
20′                            2,000                           1,500                        480

Tip: Position your tree about 2 feet from a corner or wall so you can easily access the back of the tree as you place the lights and ornaments.

Tip: Purchase a timer to help you utilize your Christmas lights to their fullest as well as saving money on your electricity bill.

Calculate your Electricity Usage Cost

  1. Know your wattage (you can check it on the lights box package or online).
  2. Take your wattage and multiply 0.001 to find kwh (kilo-watt hour)
  3. Multiply by your average of having your lights on (5 is pretty standard) to find the kwh/day.
  4. Multiply by 30 (for how many days in the holiday season) to find the kwh/season.
  5. Multiply by 11.3 cents (or whatever your rate is) to calculate your cost.

The Formulas visualized:
Watts x 0.001 = kwh
Kwh x 5 hours a day = kwh/day
Kwh/day x 30 days = kwh/season
Kwh/season x .113 cents = cost