Planning to brighten up your home with lights this holiday season? If you haven’t already switched to LED holiday lights, this could be the year to do it.
Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED holiday lights use way less energy (70- 90% less) and save you money in the long run. Not only will you save money powering your lights, several utilities offer rebates on LED holiday lights- click here to find rebate information or call your local electricity provider. When you are out shopping, look for deals to save even more money during the holiday season.
A few other ideas to stay festive and keep energy usage down:
- Put lights on timers. These inexpensive gadgets prevent you from forgetting to turn lights on or off.
- Consider LED motion projectors. These devices project lighted scenes/images on your home. Use them either to supplement your decorations or potentially in place of purchasing a lot of individual strings. You can use timers on the projector as well.
In addition to money savings, the Department of Energy (DOE) calls out several additional benefits of LED holiday bulbs:
- LED bulbs do not emit much heat as incandescent lights and are therefore less likely to cause burns or be a fire hazard.
- Because of their low energy use, more strings can be put together without worries of overloading outlets.
- LED bulbs have a longer life and are made of more durable materials so they are less likely to break.
Happy Holidays and Happy Energy Savings!