This Halloween, don’t let your energy bill give you a fright. You don’t have to recreate Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory to get in the spirit. Follow these simple tips to scare up some fun while still managing your energy costs.

Light up that inflatable pumpkin. Change the lightbulb inside inflatable decorations to an LED bulb, and remember, the motor that keeps those Halloween decorations inflated and spooky could also increase your energy costs.

Calculate, then decorate. Use the holiday lighting cost calculator on our website to compare your options this season and get an idea of how your powered decorations will impact your energy bill.

Clear off the cobwebs. Change your furnace filter and schedule your yearly furnace tuneup to make sure everything is running safely and efficiently — you’ll save money in the long run.

Don’t let your furnace trick you while you’re out getting treats. Lower your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re collecting candy and when it’s time for bed. Better yet, install a smart thermostat and let it do all the work.

Fend off energy vampires. Did you know that electronics like cellphone chargers consume power even when they’re not in use? Use a smart power strip or unplug electronics when you’re not using them to save $100-$200 a year.

Right-size your cauldron. Match your pot or pan size with a similar-sized burner. Your witches’ brew will use heat more efficiently and be ready sooner.

Ward off goosebumps. Is that chill in the air something spooky, or just a drafty window? Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal gaps and cracks around your home and keep warm air inside.

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