- Opt for LED lights. As the Department of Energy notes, LED lights consume 70 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights. Install safer and more energy-efficient lighting like LED holiday lights. LEDs are also cooler than incandescent lights reducing the risk of combustion and are sturdier making them more resistant to breakage.
- Use power strips to energize holiday decorations. Holiday lights and neon decorations bring festive cheer into a business space but when these items aren’t on – they still draw energy. Help reduce this expense by plugging holiday decorations into a power strip and turning it off when energy isn’t being used.
- Get creative with your lighting display. Not everything is about strands of lights. Reflective ornaments and tinsel are just as bright at night, multiplying your resources for shine.
- Use rechargeable batteries. Rather than plugging holiday decorations into the electrical mains, use battery-powered decorations instead. Rechargeable batteries are more cost-effective than conventional batteries and will save electricity.
- Install a timer for holiday lights. Holiday lights flickering away on a tree with nobody there to enjoy them is a waste of energy and money. Installing a light timer in the office allows you to turn lights on and off at specific times, meaning lights won’t be left on unnecessarily.
- Prevent a fire. Keep flammable substances a safe distance away from open flames or electric heaters to prevent objects and equipment from catching fire.
- Update your contact information. SDG&E can send you email and text alerts in the event of an emergency or outage with the latest information. Update your contact information and enroll today at sdge.com/myaccount.
For more tips on how to keep your business safe and save energy this holiday season, visit sdge.com/business-winter.