How to Save Energy During the Holidays

By Erin Huffstetler,
1. Switch to LED Christmas Lights LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, and can be purchased for around $10 a strand. 2. 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 - now that's energy smart and budget smart! 3. Limit the Time Lights are On Wait until dark to turn on your Christmas lights; then, turn them off before you go to bed. Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal to aim for. Do you have trouble remembering to turn your lights on and off? Then, set a timer, and forget abou t it. 4. Turn Off Room Lights When the Tree is Lit The lights on your Christmas tree should provide more than enough lighting to navigate around the room. 5. Decorate with Candles Christmas lights are nice, but so are candles. Set up luminaries along your walkway and lit candles throughout you r home to achieve a beautiful holiday glow, without adding to the electric bill. 6. Turn the Thermostat Down When You Have Guests Extra bodies in the house means extra warmth at no cost to you. 7. Buy Gifts that Don't Use Electricity or Batteries According to, 40% off all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. That's a lot of money spent on batteries, and a lot of energy used! Make a pledge to buy energy-free gifts, and skip the expense entirely. 8. Invest in Rechargeable Batteries and a Charger If you buy or receive gifts that require batteries, consider purchasing rechargeable batteries and a charger. Recent advancements have made rechargeable batteries better than ever. 9. Buy Energy Star Electronics Energy Star certified electronics--TVs, DVD players, VCRs and cordless phones--use up to 60 - less electricity that their non-certified counterparts. Visit for a list of qualifying models, and shop smart. 10. Take a Walk to See the Christmas Lights Leave the car in the driveway this year when you go out to look at Christmas lights. A walking tour of your neighborhood will be just as fun, and won't use any gas. 11. Bake Several Dishes at a Time The holiday season is a big time for baking. Make the most of your oven and the energy that goes into heating it, by cooking several dishes at once. Remember: it takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearly-empty one. 12. Use the Smallest Appliance to Get the Job Done Use your microwave and toaster oven for small holiday cooking tasks, and save the oven for big cooking tasks. 13. Keep Lids on Pots Foods cook faster (meaning less energy use) when the lid is on. 14. Unplug Phantom Energy Users Before You Go On Vacation TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many othe r electronics use energy even when they aren't on.

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A house is a machine for living in.
-Le Corbusier

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.
-Philip Johnson

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As you begin our new "Experience Architecture" program from our Quality of Place Series Residential Edition, you are taking the first steps towards transforming the level of quality you experience within one of your most important investments Your Home. Getting to that extraordinary place has often required homeowners to endure an endless number of challenges. We all have heard or have lived through horror stories during a construction of a new home.
Difficulties obtaining permits. The contractor disappears in the middle of tearing out everything. Neighbors complain about dust and noise coming from your apartment . Cost over-runs. Construction Delays. Difficult Building Managers...

All of these issues (and many more) stack upon each other until you feel that there is no painless way out. This journal is designed to help you navigate through the design and construction processes by using a simple seven step method. If your realtor does not have an extra copy for you, then call us at 212-594-2007 so we can send one out to you before you purchase your next home.

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