Quick Tips / Holiday Quick Tip: Enough with Tradition, In With the New

natural tree 2The holidays mean many things for many different people – family, good food, and presents under the tree. Many of us kick this season off by spending hours decorating our homes to add a little holiday cheer. Before you bring out that box of old lights and sit in the floor trying to untangle them and determine which ones still work, consider purchasing more energy efficient lights to get that holiday glow.

Save energy, and money, this holiday season by switching your old strands of incandescent bulbs with new LEDs (light emitting diodes).

Appearing during the darkest time of the year, holiday lights brighten hearts, as well as neighborhoods and landscapes. The good news is LEDs use a fraction of the energy of conventional light bulbs (up to about 15% currently), and they last for many years. Based on semiconductors, they’re cool to the touch and extremely durable, meaning they are great for many applications (especially where there is a fire hazard).

In the past, LEDs have been relatively expensive, but prices have been steadily coming down. Today, a strand of LED holiday lights typically goes for between $20 and $30. They are available in a wide range of colors and styles, from icicles to snowflakes and more, and can be ordered online, from local hardware stores or big box retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Big Lots.

 

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