Use Energy-Efficient Decorations To Save Money This Holiday Season
There’s something magical about decorating for the holidays. It creates a sense of pride and accomplishment for homeowners when they decorate the house both inside and out. Sure, there may be a little harmless one-upmanship at play here, trying to have the best decorations on the block. It makes for a pretty neighborhood and a sense of wonder for people passing through. But it can also be pretty expensive.
All the lights drawing power can add up over time, increasing the energy bill by no small amount. Luckily, there are several things homeowners can do to save money through decorations this holiday season.
Switch From Incandescents to LEDs
For the longest time, incandescent holiday lights were the only ones available. These lights have electric filaments inside that provide illumination. They also release around 90% of their energy through heat. That’s why incandescent bulbs get hot to the touch. However, LED lights are very different. They don’t use filaments. Instead, they use light-emitting diodes to provide illumination. They also don’t get hot, making them safer for use on living Christmas trees, wreaths, and bushes outside.
LEDs also use much less energy than incandescent bulbs. They use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also tend to last longer. And while LED bulbs do have a higher upfront cost than incandescents, the savings they provide through lower energy bills quickly offset this initial investment. And thanks to today’s technology, they’re available in many different colors and styles so homeowners can find exactly what they want with these energy-saving holiday decorations.
Try Battery-Operated Decorations
LED decorations aren’t the only choice for saving energy during the holidays. Many homeowners opt for battery-operated decorations. As battery technology advances, these decorations have become more and more popular. Since they don’t require electricity through the power grid, they don’t directly produce carbon emissions. Not only is this better for the environment, but it can also help save homeowners money.
The best battery-operated decorations are those that have rechargeable batteries. Those that take disposable batteries may or may not be better for the pocketbook. It depends on how long they last and what they’re being used for. It’s also important to dispose of any batteries properly to avoid the chemicals getting into the groundwater and causing environmental harm.
Go Old-School - Decorate With Candles
Another way to save money with holiday decorations is to go old-school by decorating with candles. Since candles are cheap and don’t require electricity, they are a low-cost decoration option. In fact, the whole concept of holiday lights comes from candles. However, it’s important to take precautions when using candles to prevent fire damage. For example, avoid using candles outside or on the tree, as they can cause fires. But protected candles in the windows can add a great touch to holiday decorations.
For questions about electrical safety and eco-friendly decorations, homeowners should contact their local electrical service. Electricians can help ensure that holiday decorations are safe and as energy-efficient as possible!
About Edison Electric, Inc.
Edison Electric, Inc. has proudly served Minneapolis, MN since 2007. They offer hassle-free scheduling and their techs always arrive in fully stocked trucks. They offer upfront pricing and are A+ rated by the BBB. Contact them for help with electrical service this holiday season.