Nothing makes a house sparkle like holiday lights! They bring a decorative warmth and spirited glow to our homes, but festive lights can also mean dreaded skyrocketing electric bills. Additionally, heating units are forced to run more often with extra baking of delicious holiday meals for cherished guests and a warm hearth to keep cold weather at bay. Powering all of these holiday traditions over a short period of time can cause an energy use spike that may lead to an expensive holiday hangover. Here are a few tips to help you avoid a hefty energy bill while staying safe over the holiday season. Got a favorite energy efficient tip? Let us know in the comments section below. NOTE: We disagree with the microwave tip and don’t advise using these from a health perspective.