As you deck the halls, don’t overload your outlets … or your energy bill. We Energies is sharing simple ways to have a festive, frugal and fire-free holiday season.

Naughty list:

Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe and off Santa’s naughty list:

  • Inspect your décor. Make sure there aren’t any exposed or frayed wires or other signs of damage on any decorations you need to plug in.
  • Stay weather safe. Double-check that your extension cords and light strands are safe for outdoor use.
  • Follow instructions. Don’t overload your outlets or string too many lights together — follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how many strands you can connect and how to do so safely.

Nice list:

Following these tips is sure to put a smile on Santa’s face — and yours when you see your next energy bill:

  • Switch to LED lights. They use less energy compared to incandescent lights and can last up to 20 years.
  • Timing is everything. Put your holiday lights and powered outdoor decorations on a timer. That way, there’s no risk you’ll forget to turn them off when you go to bed.
  • Reflect on your options. Rather than adding more lights to your tree, brighten existing lighting with tinsel, mirrored ornaments and other reflective items.

 Before you make your own list and check it twice, compare your options with the We Energies holiday lighting calculator. For more energy efficiency tips, go to the We Energies website.