DAYTON — Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) is reminding its customers about ways to cut energy costs throughout the holiday season.
“The holidays typically bring an increase in energy consumption, whether it be dressing up your home in decorative lights or hosting a houseful of guests,” said Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Ohio. “However, there are a number of simple ways to use energy wisely and safely over the next several weeks.”
Vectren suggests customers switch the lights on their holiday displays from standard incandescent or mini-lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. LED lights are shatterproof, shock resistant and safe to touch. In addition, LEDs use 90 percent less electricity than regular holiday lights. Vectren also recommends the following tips to help consumers enjoy the holiday safely while using energy wisely:
• Let the holidays serve as reminder to get an annual furnace inspection.
• Open doors or open a window while using an open-hearth fireplace to reduce the amount of heated interior air drawn into the fireplace.
• Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees – a comfortable setting with a house full of family.
• Use a timer for your holiday lights. This allows for lights to be illuminated only when necessary.
• Don’t overload your electrical circuits.
• Never run appliance cords or extension cords under carpet. They are designed to be kept cool by movement of room air around the cord.
• Connect lights to power strips that have several outlets and built-in circuit breakers.
• Make sure lights and extensions cords used for outdoor decoration are approved for outdoor use.
• Turn the thermostat down when you have guests. Extra bodies in the house mean extra warmth at no cost to you.
• Use fiber optic decorations. Fiber optic trees and decorations are the ultimate in energy efficiency. In most cases, they use a single light bulb located in the base of the unit to light the entire decoration.
• When cooking for the holidays, don’t forget to use your microwave oven. Fast and efficient microwave ovens use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens.
• Don’t open the oven door to take a peek at what’s cooking inside. Instead, turn on the oven light and check the cooking status through the oven window. Opening the oven door lowers the temperature inside – by as much as 25 degrees – which increases cooking time and wastes energy.
Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Ind. Vectren’s energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to more than 1 million customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and west central Ohio. Vectren’s nonutility subsidiaries and affiliates currently offer energy-related products and services to customers throughout the U.S. These include infrastructure services and energy services. To learn more about Vectren, visit www.vectren.com.