For many of us, holiday lights are a must for turning on the holiday cheer. But, the extra energy used to power the lights in addition to the extra cooking, heating and traveling over the holiday season can really make a dent in our pocket books.
An easy way to trim your holiday costs is to cut back on energy use by choosing super-efficient LED lights. Depending on how festive you get (i.e., how many strands of lights you use), a household can save approximately $15 to $90 and avoid approximately 190 pounds to over 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over a holiday season by switching to LED holiday lights. That means more money to spend on gifts, eats, and spending time with loved ones, not to mention a lower carbon footprint!
In addition to using about 70% less energy, LED lights:
- can last up to 40 holiday seasons, which is about 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands;
- are cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire;
- are more durable than incandescent bulbs;
- often come with a minimum three-year warranty, exceeding the industry standard; and
- offer convenient features like dimming, color shifting and automatic daylight shut-off.
While LED lights may cost a few extra dollars up front to purchase, they’ll save you much more in the long-term! To ensure even greater savings, put your lights on a timer or be sure to turn them off when you leave home or go to bed.