The nighttime temperatures in Kyle, Texas, have started to cool down. Some nights have even experienced unusually freezing conditions. That can only mean one thing: It’s the holiday season. From heating costs to shopping expenses, your budget likely takes a hit at this time of the year. But you don’t have to start the new year with a bunch of debt hanging over your head. Here are three tips to keep your energy costs under control this holiday season:

Switch to LED Christmas Lights

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most popular lighting technologies. That’s because LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer. LED lights are also much cooler, more resistant to breakage and easier to install without overloading your wall sockets.

Prepare Your Home If You’re Taking a Vacation

Is your family taking a vacation for the holidays? You don’t have to stay home to save money. Just follow these energy-saving tips to prepare your home for your absence and return to a lower utility bill in the mail:

  • Unplug all electronic devices and home appliances before leaving.
  • Empty your fridge as much as possible and reduce the power it consumes.
  • Turn off the heater or set your home’s thermostat to lower than 60 degrees.
  • Lower your water heater’s temperature setting if you have a tank unit.

Schedule Heating Maintenance

Routine HVAC maintenance doesn’t only help you avoid unexpected breakdowns and high repair costs. It also helps keep your energy costs under control. During a tune-up, a service technician will perform tasks that include:

  • Inspecting your HVAC system inside and out
  • Checking the gas or oil pressure in your heating system
  • Lubricating all moving parts and changing the air filter

Do you want to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the amount of money you spend to heat your home? Contact Cool Cat AC & Heating today at 512-273-7933 to schedule a preventive HVAC maintenance visit.

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