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Going Green: Deck the Halls with Energy Saving Lights

Adventurer B

One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is to go see the holiday lights around the city.  Bring efficient holiday cheer this year by saving energy and your greens this holiday season—replace old strands of incandescent bulbs with new LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting for house and tree. 

LED holiday lights use up to 95 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and can last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. LED lights use up to ten times fewer watts than mini bulbs and 100 times fewer watts than traditional holiday bulbs.  Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost you about $18.00 while the same number of LED lights costs just $0.19.  As an added bonus, if one of the LED lights burns out, the rest of the lights on the strand will stay lit.

You might think that LED lights can be expensive, which is why you haven’t made the switch.  The prices have come down, and you can typically find a strand of LED holiday lights for about $20.  Even better, you can now find them in hardware stores like Home Depot in different colors and different styles like icicles!

Let us know how you plan to save energy when decking your halls this holiday season by posting your comments below.  DING!  You are now free to be green!