Lights play a key role during the holidays. From adorning our Christmas trees, to adding a touch of holiday cheer around our mantels and brightening our yards and gardens, holiday lights are an essential part of the season. However, great holiday displays don’t need to come with a huge energy cost. Here are some helpful, money-saving and energy-efficient ways to decorate your home during the holidays:
Make the Switch to LED
This year, stop using those old incandescent holiday lights that often only work for a season or two, and switch instead to ENERGY STAR-qualified LED holiday light strands. The benefits are astounding, and will have you wondering why you didn’t make the switch earlier. Not only do they use 70 percent less energy than your traditional light bulbs, but they also offer installation benefits for those who like to go big and long. With LED strings, you can plug up to 24 segments into one wall socket without fears of overloading your circuitry. These lights are also cooler to the touch and will last up to ten times longer than their incandescent competitors. Worried about selection? Stop. These lights are available for indoor and outdoor usage, and come in every color, including the warmer white often preferred for evergreen decorations.
Check for Rebates
In addition to all the above benefits, savvy shoppers can also find a mix of rebates and coupons on advertised ENERGY STAR light strings. And not only will you appreciate immediate savings, but most units also include a nice three-year warranty.
Keep Tabs on Usage
To be even more energy-efficient this holiday season, install an automatic timer on your lighting displays. With these units, you’ll be able to set your lights to automatically turn on at dusk and off six to eight hours later. This will allow you and your neighbors to enjoy your light displays while awake, but reduce your energy usage while you’re asleep.
To learn more about energy-efficient holiday lighting tips, or about ways to reduce your energy costs all year long, contact us at Energy Monster today.