How to Save Energy During the Holidays

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It's the season to be merry and bright - and we do mean bright. Decorative lights are a time-honored part of the holiday. In fact, they account for more than 6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the U.S. every year - enough to run 14 million refrigerators. The holiday season is generally a big time for energyuse, which can lead to a shockingly high energy bill the next month. Here's what you can do to stay festive while still saving energy.

Use LED Lights. Replacing traditional Christmas lights with LEDs can save up to 90 percent on electricity. LED lights emit less heat, making them more efficient and durable. While you have to throw out fluorescent decorative lights every one or two years, LEDs can last for up to 10 years. An additional benefit is safety. Since they do not get hot to the touch, LEDs are safe to use on Christmas trees and wreaths without having to worry about potential fire hazards.

Schedule Lights. Limiting the time your decorative lights are on easily adds up in savings. Wait until dark to turn on lights and turn them off before you go to bed. A good rule of thumb is to have the lights on for six hours or less each day. If you have trouble remembering, use a timer or purchase lights with a timing system. You can even buy products, like the Weatherproof Outdoor Timer Power Strip, that will automatically turn the lights on and off depending on the level of light outside.

Invest in Rechargeable Batteries. Electronic toys and gifts are a favorite among both kids and adults, and batteries are usually a must. According to the EPA, about 40 percent of all batteries are bought during the holiday season. Now is the perfect time to invest in rechargeable batteries and a charger. Although there is an initial cost, rechargeable batteries are usually capable of being used more than 500 times.

With these tips, you can stay on budget while having a great holiday season. For more tips and advice, visit davidgrayelectricalservices.com or call (904) 724-7211.

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