LED lights, making smart decorating choices and recycling old strands, your home can still sparkle with holiday cheer at a minimal environmental cost.
According to Dominion’s Holiday Lighting Energy Calculator, lighting your tree for 8 hours a day with two, 100-Bulb strings of LED lights will only cost 27 cents for one month.Super-efficient, light emitting diode (LED) lights come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, including icicle and rope lights. Bulbs that carry the Energy Star logo consume up to 70 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, helping you cut down electricity use and save money.
While the savings seems small, consider this: If every American switched to Energy Star LEDs, we’d save 700 million kWh of electricity each year, achieving a greenhouse gas emission reduction equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road.
LEDs are also more durable. These holiday lights can last up to ten times as long as incandesents, and because they’re not made of filaments and glass, they won’t burn out or shatter. LED technology also makes neat effects possible, like dimming and color shifting.
Regardless of the bulbs you choose, built-in timers are a great way to keep your holiday lights efficient. Use your timer to turn off outdoor lights during the day, and turn off indoor lights when you’re not around to enjoy them – like after you’ve gone to bed.
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