Green-light your Green Lights
Decorating our home for the holidays often includes exterior lighting. However, the cost of these display often includes more than just the utility bill. Our friends at Eartheasy have some great tips on how to celebrate the season in environmentally friendly ways. http://eartheasy.com/give_sustainchristmas.htmUse LED lights for Christmas tree lighting.
LED holiday lights use up to 95% less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. LED holiday lights use .04 watts per bulb, 10 times less than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs. Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost you about $18 while the same number of LED lights cost only $0.19. As an added bonus, if one of the LED lights burns out the rest of the strand will stay lit.Outdoor mini-lights will also save on energy.
A 100-light string uses only 40 watts. If you are buying a new set of lights, compare based on equal "lighted lengths". For the most efficient out door holiday lighting, consider the new solar LED strings now available.Turn tree lights and outdoor house decorative house lighting off at bedtime.It's a waste of energy and money to leave the holiday lights on at night after everyone has gone to sleep.
Remember, never install lights with the power on. Test lights first, then unplug to install.