Holiday lighting is a tradition that most of us adore – it gets you in a festive spirit, looks great and it only happens once a year. Despite the hassle of digging through boxes and detangling old strings of lights, people love to decorate their homes for the holidays. What people do not love is a high energy bill. So help keep your holiday lighting costs at a minimum with the following tips:
Reduce your wattage. If you prefer the brilliance of the larger C7 or C9 lights, make sure you’re using 5-watt bulbs, which use about 30 percent less energy than 7- to 10W bulbs. Although the new bulbs will cost money initially, you will see energy savings immediately.
Use miniature lights. Most people currently use standard incandescent (C7) lights. However, miniature lights use about 70 percent less energy and last much longer than the larger bulbs. While most C7 or C9 lights use 5 to 7 watts per bulb, some of the older strings use up to 10 watts per bulb! That is a lot of energy, and therefore, a lot of money.
Use LED holiday bulbs. Now available in green, orange, gold, red, white and blue, they’re shatterproof, shock resistant and safe to touch. They also present no fire hazard, save up to 80-90 percent of your energy costs and are long-lasting. Batteries Plus offers a variety of LED holiday lighting. The Department of Energy estimates that if every household switched to LED holiday lights, the country would save approximately $410 million in electricity costs.
Turn off holiday lights. When you leave home or go to bed and don’t have a timer, make sure to turn off your indoor and outdoor lights. Not only is it a fire hazard, but it is a waste of energy and money.
Use an automatic timer, both indoors and out. With a timer, you’ll remove the burden of turning the lights on and off, and avoid leaving them on all night or during the daylight hours. Just make sure that the timer you use is able to handle the total wattage of your lights.
Follow a six-hour limit. Whether you’re operating them manually or with a timer, your lights should not be on any longer than six hours a day. That is plenty of time for your home to be admired.
If you want to dispose of your old, broken holiday lights, did you know that you can recycle them? Just like your CFL light bulbs, holiday lights can be broken down and made into new materials. Batteries Plus is a leader in the recycling of spent light bulbs. Visit our recycling page for more information.
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