If you want to be both festive and frugal with your holiday lighting this season, make sure to include LED lights in your decorations. They are not only affordable, but LED’s use about 1/10th of the electricity used by old school holiday light bulbs. LED’s in general have the added benefit of being more durable than incandescent lights.
If you want to be super savvy with saving energy, shop for ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights. They can last up to 10 years and are cool to the touch…which reduces the risk of fire. Not only that, but they are more durable than glass incandescent lights which means less risk of electrical exposure with broken bulbs.
Inflatable lawn decorations are definitely festive, but they can also add to your seasonal energy bill. An inflatable ranging in size from four 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 www.everylittle.bit.com