Christmas is just around the corner, and with it come all the usual expenses. The food, the presents, and the office Christmas parties. But did you think about the cost to your energy bills of all your festivities? Thankfully, here at Thompson’s we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve compiled some of our favourite energy saving tips to help make sure you’re not breaking the bank this Christmas. Be Smart in the Kitchen Christmas isn’t Christmas without all of the food, but being smart with your cooking and your time in the kitchen can save you a lot of money on your bills. If you’re using the hob, be sure to use the right sized hob for the cooking required. Try to batch bake if you can, making a large quantity of mince pies in one go can drastically reduce the energy consumption from your oven. Don’t go Overboard with Lights We love Christmas lights, but if you’ve got a well decorated tree and fairy lights through the halls, there isn’t much of a need for additional lighting in the house. Turn the big light off, get some ambience! In addition, if you’ve been using the same Christmas lights for years, you may find that modern alternatives are significantly more energy efficient. LED Christmas lights not only last longer, but also use as much as 90% less electricity than typical incandescent bulbs. Invite Friends and Family Over Having guests for Christmas can be a bit of a hassle, but there’s no denying the benefits of a few more bodies in the house. If you’re entertaining, be sure to turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees. The in-laws may prove to be a handful, but they’ve saved you a few quid on your bills. From everyone here at Thompson’s Gas and Heating, we wish you all a Merry (and warm) Christmas!