If you want to be both festive and frugal with your holiday lighting this season, make sure to include LED lights in your decorations. The new LED lights use about 1/10th of the electricity used by traditional holiday light bulbs.
In addition to saving energy, ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights can last up to 10 years, are cool to the touch which reduces the risk of fire and are more durable than glass incandescent lights which means less risk of electrical exposure with broken bulbs.
Another tip for managing your seasonal energy bill is to use a timer for outdoor and tree lights and for inflatable yard decorations, which can save about $2 per decoration on your energy bill. Be sure the timer is designed to handle the total wattage plugged into it.
When installing any type of holiday lighting, keep in mind the following safety tips:
§ Watch for overhead power lines when installing outdoor lights.
§ Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
§ Do not overload outlets or plug more than three strings of lights into an extension cord.
§ Unplug lights before watering the tree and keep cords and light sets away from the water.
In most homes, energy use increases over the holidays with colder temperatures, additional cooking and houseguests, seasonal decorations and using indoor and outdoor lights for longer periods of time. And, the additional usage usually increases monthly energy bills. For information on Avista’s energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs that can help your home use less energy year round, visit www.everylittlebit.com where you can also find other energy information.
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