Oh, those holiday bills: Christmas presents, turkey and trimmings, the tree, lights and other decorations and last, but not least, increased power bills.
 
While it's not even close to summer air conditioning, Christmas electrical use is one of the busiest of the year.
 
"The more your furnace is running, obviously, the electricity for the fan and that will increase, but some customers will have actual electric heaters in some places, so as those are on more, there's a bigger draw there," noted Nick Peelar of ATCO Electric.
 
"Since people are home more than they would be usually, lights could be on, the TV on more than it would be normally, the temperature kept at a higher temperature in the house for comfort levels, rather than it being turned down while you're away during the day."
 
That's on top of increased natural gas bills for those of us whose furnaces and water tanks are heated by gas. So, how do you get a handle on it all?
 
"Be conscious of all the appliances that you have on and whether you need your lights on during the day," suggested Peelar. "Anything that they can do to help keep their home closed up or at a constant temperature will definitely help with power consumption for heating portions of it."
 
More ideas on how to cut your power consumption can be found through this link.
 

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