Tech Tips for Holiday Energy Savings
LED lighting, smart devices and outdoor solar lights can help you save time and energy this holiday season.
Whether you're shopping for gifts, decorating your home or celebrating with family at home—energy efficiency can be part of your holiday season!
There are multiple smart devices that connect to a home's Wi-Fi network, allowing the user to control them from an app on a mobile phone or from a smart speaker. Smart light bulbs, switches and outlets allow you to turn lights or appliances on or off even when you're away from home. As an added bonus, many smart plugs have apps that allow you to set a timer for your lamps and lights.
Upgrading to a smart thermostat can make saving energy almost effortless. These thermostats automatically adjust your household's heating and cooling systems, for example, lowering the temperature when you're away in the winter or raising it in the summer. Like other smart devices, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely. Wisconsin's FOCUS ON ENERGY® program is offering an incentive on smart thermostats for eligible MGE customers. To learn more, visit focusonenergy.com/smart.
LED lighting options
A festive holiday season often includes lighting. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified LED string lights or light bulbs. LEDs use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last at least 15 times longer. And, if hanging outdoor lights, make use of a timer to power displays on and off at specific times to save energy.
Solar-powered outdoor lights are a great option for adding curb appeal to your home without the need for extension cords or batteries. They are available in a variety of sizes, lengths and colors.