LED (light-emitting diodes) holiday lights use a fraction of the energy used by a standard C7 holiday light or mini-light. And the life expectancy of LED lights is 100,000 to 200,000 hours!
Other benefits of LED holidays lights include:
- If one bulb burns out, the rest of the string stays lit
- LED lights are cool to the touch
- You can use up to 20 strings together on one circuit
The retail cost for LED holiday lights is about $10 to $20 per string of 100 lights. They’re available at numerous local hardware and drug stores throughout the area. Look and ask for ENERGY STAR LEDs to make sure you are purchasing energy-efficient holiday lights.
Other Seasonal Cold Weather Tips:
- To cut home heat loss, close your drapes at night, and open them during the day to let the sun in and warm your home.
- When preparing holiday treats – appetizers, side dishes and desserts – whenever possible use smaller appliances such as toaster ovens and microwaves.
- Check your heating ducts to ensure they’re properly sealed and insulated. This can cut up to 25 percent off your heating bill.
- Put furnace air filters on your holiday shopping list. Replace these every two months during the heating season to lower heating costs and improve air quality.
- Close off rooms you’re not using and lower the heat in these areas.
- Don that favorite holiday sweater. Dressing warmer during colder months improves comfort and is less expensive than cranking up the heat.
- For every three degrees you lower your thermostat from your normal setting, you save 10 percent on heating.
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