Saving energy over Festive Season

Scottish Hydro is urging its customers to think about the energy they use over the festive season – and reap the rewards in cost savings and have a Merry Christmas with an environmentally clear conscience!

‘Tis the season when for some households, energy consumption is at its highest. With this in mind, there’s no better time to think about ways to reduce energy use and subsequent costs. By following a few simple tips, households can still enjoy a colourful Christmas with some extra money to fill those Christmas stockings!

Throughout December and into the New Year, many households throughout Scotland will leave their Christmas lights on for many hours, overnight and even when they are not at home! This costs money and results in unnecessary carbon emissions. Scottish Hydro recommends that lights should be switched off at night, when no one is home to enjoy them. Alternatively timers should be fitted to do this automatically. Switching to LED (light emitting diode) Christmas lights can save up to 90% compared to the energy traditional lights use, lasting up to ten times longer.

Scottish Hydro’s Energy Efficiency Manager, Craig Thompson, said: “We all love seeing colourful lighting displays at this time of year but is there really any need in having them on when no one is at home or awake to enjoy them? By simply switching off when you are out or asleep will not only save you money, it will also do your bit to reduce carbon emissions.”

Craig has some other easy-to-adopt energy saving festive tips which he encourages households to take up over the festive season and continue into the New Year: When you’re cooking the Christmas dinner, always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring – that way you won’t be paying to heat the air around the pot as well as the contents! Keeping lids on pots will also reduce cooking times and cutting veg into smaller pieces can also speed up the time it takes to cook that that lovely Christmas dinner!

When boiling water, only fill the kettle as much as you need – but make sure you cover the metal element at the base. Or why not go one stage further and invest in an energy efficient eco-kettle - typically, they run on double chambers, so you can measure out exactly the right amount of water to boil, a great Christmas gift for the environmentally friendly coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinker!