The holidays are a special time of year when you want to show your festive side with holiday lights, but what about your energy bills? If you have ever noticed your electricity consumption go up in the month of December, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can be festive and still be frugal at the same time with these tips for combining holiday lights and energy efficiency.
Tips for Energy Efficiency During the Holidays
- Buy new LED strands: If you’re still lighting your Christmas tree and the outside of your home with conventional lights, it’s time to trade them in for LED holiday bulbs. These use about 80 percent less electricity while still providing that beautiful, rich glow you want from your holiday display. LED lights also last much longer, so once you make your initial investment, you won’t need to buy more lights for many years. As an added bonus, LED lights stay cool to the touch for a safer holiday light display.
- Plug your display into an automatic timer: This removes the burden of turning the lights on and off every day and saves you a bundle compared to leaving them on 24/7. Timers are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Just make sure the timer you choose is rated to handle the total wattage of your lights display.
- Cut back on the number of lights: Glowing holiday lights and energy efficiency don’t always go hand in hand. Reduce the number of lights in your display by decorating in other ways. Glittering garlands, glow-in-the-dark snowflake window stickers and edible tree ornaments all provide festive options that don’t use electricity.
- Don’t overload your electrical circuits: Extravagant light displays often result in homeowners stacking those old-fashioned outlet adaptors that let your plug three or more strands into a single socket. Avoid this approach to prevent overloading your electrical circuits, which could cause a blackout or even start a fire.
For more tips on helping holiday lights and energy efficiency work together, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air. We have proudly served Sarasota and Bradenton area residents for the past 40 years.