It’s that time of the year again – chilly days coupled with hot chocolate, reunions with loved ones, and warm season’s greetings. The holiday season is filled with happiness, but also with high energy costs that can steal your holiday joy. Along with the money spent buying the perfect gift, high heating costs can really put a strain on your budget.
The average household spends about $679 on natural gas or $909 on electricity for winter heating. Reducing the use of the heater during the winter months, especially during midday, can help minimize the impacts of heating costs.
The Marine Corps spent almost $50 million on installation energy last winter (Jan - Mar 2016) – enough to power more than 38,500 homes for a year. As the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder (at least for those of us not stationed in Hawaii!), do your part to be as energy-smart as possible by using these simple tips:
A few more ideas: When buying an electronic or appliance as a gift, make sure it is Energy-Star certified. Also try using efficient, higher quality light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home. We wish all Marines and their families a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. We are not asking that families sacrifice comfort, but rather use only what you need.
To learn more about lowering your household expenses contact your installation’s Personal Financial Management Program.
It’s easy to calculate the monetary cost of Thanksgiving dinner, but have you ever thought about how much energy is behind a well-cooked bird or grandma’s famous green bean casserole?
When it comes to energy, today’s decisions can impact the future, so understanding the importance of being energy efficient at home, work, and school throughout the year is critical.
The Marine Corps is a leader in solar energy in the Department of Defense, and its reasons for developing and using it go far beyond being ‘green’ – it’s about the mission.