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The 12 days of energy savvy Christmas

Here British Gas looks at how to save energy and offer money saving advice for Christmas.
By Ben Lobel on Dec 15th, 2016   @freelotteriesuk

With Christmas already a peak time of year for energy use, British Gas reveals the simple swaps you can make this Christmas to save the pennies and avoid being an energy Scrooge, staying cosy for less throughout the festive period whenever your decorations go up.

1. Switch to LED

Swap your traditional incandescent lights for LED alternatives and save £20 across six weeks. They use 90 per cent less energy and last up to 100,000 hours, as well as giving a much brighter colour for even more sparkle – and the days of searching for spare bulbs will be behind you!

2. Time it right

Avoid having your lights on all day and night, using a timer to ensure they’re not consuming energy when you’re not around to enjoy them. Cutting the ‘lights on’ time down from 12 to 6 hours a day can save £7.20.

3. Get smart

Easily keep an eye on the energy your Christmas decorations are clocking up with a free smart meter installation – you’ll be able to see energy use in real time and avoid unexpected bills.

4. Go fibre optic

A fibre optic tree lit up by a single bulb can save 44% on your energy bill. They tend to be more eco-friendly and cost-effective than real ones – and just as effective in brightening up your living room!

5. Watch your radiators

Make sure your Christmas tree and decorations aren’t blocking radiators - they will absorb a lot of the heat, preventing it from warming up the rest of the house.

6. Host a get-together

As if we needed any better reason to invite family and friends round at Christmas, extra bodies mean extra warmth at no extra cost. Lowering the thermostat even just by a degree or two could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent.

7. Tasty Turkey

Cooking a festive feast can use a lot of energy. For smaller turkeys, consider using a pressure cooker, which takes half the time and is especially good for extra succulence. When using the oven, stop peeking! Resist opening the door during cooking to avoid letting the heat escape, as significant energy is used to bring it back up to temperature.

8. Perfect Potatoes

For the perfect roasties, pre-boil your potatoes before moving to the oven for roasting. Better still, pop them in the microwave for five minutes before crisping up in the oven and cut energy costs by 75 per cent - a saving of around 23p per 1.5kg of potatoes.

9. Very Delicious Veggies

Boil all your Christmas veggies all together in one large pan, rather than separately, and save up to 17p (per 6 servings). For even more saving and delicious-ness, place veggies into the same roasting tray with the turkey, allowing them to soak up flavour from the meat as well as saving around 25p.

10. Gorgeous Gravy

Making gravy from scratch is not an easy feat. Opt for good quality gravy granules and add water boiled in the kettle – this can save up to 6p per jug, not to mention avoiding the added pressure of gravy perfection!

11. Cracking Christmas Pudding

Go for modern convenience and make your Christmas pud in the microwave. Rather than steaming for 10 hours in a bain marie, this simple recipe takes just 35 minutes from start to finish and can save around £2.50.

12. Feel the Heat

Turn the heating down while prepping your feast if the kitchen heat is already warming up your house.