How To Lower Your Energy Bill This Winter

Think twice before using the same old strand of incandescent lights.

Between the extra costs of heating your home in the cold weather, turning the lights on earlier as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end, and higher fuel costs in general this year, energy bills tend to skyrocket during winter months.

If you use the standard incandescent light strings during the holidays, this is the year to think twice.

LED string lighting uses 90% less energy than its incandescent counterpart.  It lasts about ten times longer and is highly durable, meaning you will no longer be heading out to the store each year when yet another string is spent.

Also, LED lighting is cool to the touch.  The holiday lighting fire hazard you hear about is caused by the fact that incandescent lights emit a lot of heat (never a good combination when you’re talking about stringing it across millions of dry Christmas trees).

Sure, LED string lighting is initially a little more expensive to purchase.  It’s worth it.  First, you’ll save on energy costs.  The average household spends $9.00 to light a single Christmas tree during a 30 day holiday season.  With LED string lighting, that cost would fall to $0.90.  When you consider that most households light more than just one Christmas tree, the savings start to add up.

Second, you’ll save by significantly cutting back on replacement lights.  LEDs last ten times longer.  If you’re hesitant about spending more, multiply the cost of a single string of incandescent lights by 10 and compare that to the cost of an LED string.  You’ll find that the energy efficient option starts to makes a lot of sense.

Everyone tries to cut back on unnecessary expenses as much as possible during the holidays – why not make this your year to save on lighting?

Coming soon: a post on LED rope lighting (another energy efficient holiday lighting option)…

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

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