Save Money and Energy this Holiday Season
December 9, 2016
BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
The holidays are coming up and many people have already started to decorate their homes. Simple, energy-efficient decorating tips can help decrease the extra energy cost related to the usage of lighting displays.
LED light strings can use up to 70% less energy than regular incandescent light strings. LED lights also brighter and more durable than traditional bulbs, reduce fire hazards, and last about ten times longer.
Although LED light strings tend to be more expensive than incandescent ones, their long life and low energy costs generally make up the cost fairly quickly. You may also be able to find local rebates and coupons on ENERGY STAR® for many local hardware and department stores. Utility companies, like MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy, also offer customer incentives for using LED fixtures.
Setting timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark, and turn off completely overnight can also save energy in your home. Limiting light displays to 8 hours in the evening can help cut down on energy costs.
Also, using other decorations like reflective ornaments and tinsel can be just as bright at night. Reflective ribbons, wreaths, garland are creative resources to use to make your home shine. Combining electricity-free traditions with LED light strings are an easy way to bring holiday cheer.
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