Christmas lights are one of my favorite things about the holiday season. This year especially, I’ve been known to frantically scream out “Christmas!” every time I see a holiday light display – I’m certain everyone I know is asking Santa for an early present in the form of earplugs.
Light displays may be a warm and cozy staple of the holiday season, but there’s no getting around the fact that they cost a lot to run. If it’s been a couple of years since you replaced your light set you might be wasting energy – and therefore money.
Switch to LED. LED lights save nearly 90 percent more energy than their incandescent cousins. According to the Department of Energy, lighting a six-foot Christmas tree for 12 hours a day throughout December would only cost a quarter using LED lights versus $10 using incandescent ones. They also last a lot longer and run cooler, making them safer and cutting down on fire hazards. This is especially true for outdoor lights, which typically use more wattage. Almost all stores offer LED lights now at about the same price, making them even more cost-efficient.
Turn down the heat. No matter what kind of lights you’re using, they produce a lot of heat. If you’ve got plenty of decorations up you could probably get away with turning the thermostat down.
Turn the lights off. In a perfect world, we could leave Christmas lights on all day, every day. In the meantime, turn off your lights when you know you’ll be gone for long periods of time and while you’re sleeping. It’s useless to run them if you won’t be there to enjoy them, and there aren’t usually too many people driving around looking at outdoor displays at 3 a.m. Forgetful? Consider buying an automatic timer for your display.
Tell us how you save money during the holidays and visit the links below for festive ways to decorate your home:
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