The holiday season comes with lots of decorations, which would never be complete without holiday lights! While it is fun to deck your home with lights on both the inside and out, doing so unmindfully can end up jacking up your energy bill, harming the environment, and can even lead to fires. Here are 5 holiday energy saving tips for homeowners.

  1. Choose energy efficient LED bulbs instead of regular lights to help save a watt. These LED lights are available in a wide assortment of colors, sizes and shapes, plus they don’t get hot, so you won’t have to worry about little ones burning themselves if they touch them. LED lights are just as bright and beautiful as traditional holiday lights without the energy waste. These lights are long lasting, so you will never have to worry about them blowing out just as you finished lighting up the tree. In addition, they use 80-90% less energy than traditional, generic lights, helping to save energy and money and making your home decor exceptionally eco-friendly.
  2. Make sure that any outdoor cords, plugs, and sockets you use are weatherproof. All electrical connectors should be up above the ground and wiring should always be kept ways from drains or railings to avoid shock. Another smart, effective way to protect your home and your lights is to include a ground fault circuit interrupter. This interrupter will work to shut off the lights incase the current leaks through any frayed or damaged wires outside.
  3. Choose the correct type of lights for the job. If you are decorating inside, indoor lights are appropriate. If you are adding lights to the outside of your home, they must be waterproof outdoor lights that can withstand the weather.
  4. Avoid overloading outlets inside or outside. Plugging too many electrical plugs in at once may overload your circuit breaker and could result in power issues. Limit how many things are plugged in at once or consider plugging your electronics into a surge protector to play it safe during the holidays! Also, be sure to only keep holiday lights on when you are home to enjoy them and keep watch. Leaving lights on unattended could be a potentially dangerous move.
  5. Finally, be sure to keep your Christmas tree well watered. Dry trees are potential fire hazards when they are adorned with holiday lights. Since you will regularly water the tree, be sure to keep wires and cords away from the water at the base of the tree.

While you are enjoying the beauty and magic of your holiday lights, be mindful of safety precautions regarding your home such as aging ductwork, but especially in regard to decorations so that you can enjoy peace of mind throughout the festive season. Holiday lights can pose a potential danger and can also be expensive if you are not aware. Always ensure that your indoor or outdoor lights are away from water, railings or drains. Also try using LED lights, and only plug in a minimal number of electric items at one time. Tips likes these will help to reduce the risk of fire, cut down on you energy bill, and allow you to enjoy the holiday season like never before.

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