Keep up the holiday cheer with efficient lighting, decorations   

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LED lights on an area home.

-Energy efficient holiday LED lights can add about two cents a day to your energy bill
Post by Debbie Simock

If you want to be both festive and frugal with your holiday lighting this season, make sure to include LED lights in your decorations. LED lights use about 1/10th of the electricity used by traditional holiday light bulbs.

In addition to saving energy, ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights can last up to 10 years, are cool to the touch which reduces the risk of fire and are more durable than glass incandescent lights which means less risk of electrical exposure with broken bulbs.

Popular fan-driven inflatable lawn decorations can also add to your seasonal energy bill. An inflatable ranging in size from 4 feet to 12 feet can add from $1.11 to $1.68 to your bill if run for 8 hours a day for 30 days. When used for 24 hours a day for 30 days, the additional cost would be from $3.34 to $5.05 per inflatable.

Another tip for managing your seasonal energy bill is to use a timer for outdoor and tree lights and for inflatable lawn decorations. Be sure the timer is designed to handle the total wattage plugged into it.

When installing any type of holiday lighting, keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Watch for overhead power lines when installing outdoor lights.
- Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
- Do not overload outlets or plug more than three strings of lights into an extension cord.
- Unplug lights before watering the tree and keep cords and light sets away from the water.

For additional energy savings tips and information on Avista’s energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs that can help your home use less energy year round, visit
Posted by  System Account  on  12/15/2010
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