A Direct Energy-commissioned study revealed that 93% of Michigan residents who responded to the company’s survey will indulge in holiday displays this season. Among them, more than 50% plan to use energy-efficient lighting devices for their displays, saving on both power and utility costs.
According to General Manager and Vice President, Cory Byzewski, holiday time is when most people experience an increase in their electricity bills as their heat and lighting usage increases. Direct Energy has rolled out a few resolutions that residents can take for energy saving in 2010. About 29% of residents have already adopted one or two of these resolutions and plan to continue doing do for 2010 as well.
The resolutions include:
- Installing motion-sensors and timers instead of using of lamps for illumination, which offers a similar feeling of comfort and security
- Using low-emitting diode (LED) lights for holiday displays, as they use only 10% energy compared to an incandescent bulb
- Installing thermostats that can be programmed to heat or cool the interiors only when required
- Turning off electronic equipment and lights and unplugging devices when not in use
- Adopting preventive maintenance habits, such as changing the filters of HVACs and performing annual check-ups to maximize the efficiency of the heating or cooling system
- Updating oneself on the nature of the natural gas pricing plan, its term and the provider
Direct Energy stated that following a few of these resolutions will help reduce wastage of energy in the United States, without compromising on lifestyle and comfort.