Electricity Costs During the Holiday Season

San Angelo, TX -                      Lights, lights, and more lights. In December, that's all you'll see in businesses and neighborhoods around the city, and in this time of the month-

"People are starting to put Christmas lights out and getting into the festive mood so you see a lot more activity going on out there, especially out getting ready for Christmas," said Fred Hernandez, Manager of External Affairs at AEP Texas.

While beautiful, they can make some changes to your electric bill.

"Our billing cycle is actually a month delayed but you will see a change in the monthly usage. Based on Christmas lights is based on the number of lights you have and the type of lights you have and how long you operate them," said Hernandez.

You can purchase LED lights which use up much less electricity, but there's another option if you'd like to go the classic route.

"But there's a lot of customers that still have some incandescent lights that they've had for years and they like them and they put off a warm glow and they're still really good for Christmas lights," said Hernandez.

When using incandescent, Hernandez suggests to use a timer to operate the lights so that they will come on at a designated time, and turn off when it's time to sleep.

And now that it's starting to get chilly, checking on the progress of your heating system is also a vital part of expenses.

 "You need to make sure that your doors and windows are all shut properly and put your weather stripping around those areas, to make sure that the outside areas doesn't infiltrate your home; you also need to have your heating and cooling unit checked regularly or yearly and most importantly is to be sure to change your air filter every month because with all the dust the air filters are working overtime and they get clogged up and they cause your unit to work extra hard."

Remember that there are different factors that go into your electric bill, and year round.

"So you see a lot of folks that are moving in the electronic age and people have computers and TV'S and monitors and it does have an impact on your energy usage somewhat," said Hernandez.

So try to unplug the things you can that are not being used and stay conscious of the energy usage during the holiday season and throughout the year. 


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