WSMR Energy Office
The holidays are here bringing with them shorter days, colder nights, and more energy consumption. Everyone loves Christmas lights. The twinkling, shimmering, multicolored lights are a staple of the holiday season, with or without musical accompaniment. Christmas trees are another favorite. All the twinkling gloriousness comes with a price, however. Six strings of 100 large incandescent bulbs running for six hours a night can slap an extra $80 onto energy bills. A Christmas present no one wants.
Instead of regular incandescent bulbs, Light-Emitting Diode bulbs use significantly less energy. String up six 100 bulbs, leave them running for six hours, and energy bill would increase only $7 a month. If the lights are mini-LEDs the increase is only $1.
While LEDs are more expensive than traditional incandescent lighting, they use 80-90 percent less energy, come in all shapes and sizes, are Energy Star qualified, and last up to 10 times longer.
Local hardware retailers have been known to run specials where old incandescent bulbs are traded in for a money-off coupon for a new set of LEDs.
A great money saving option during the most hectic time of year. While naughty/nice list checking, cookie baking, and turkey making, take time out to save time, money, and energy this year by making the switch to LED lights.