Save Money and Electricity

     I’m not a Christmas light type person.  I don’t mind a string of lights around my tree but I really don’t need the outside of my house decorated and lit up like the 4th of July.  I’d rather look into the sky and see the stars twinkling overhead or have the light of the moon shine on the forest below.  For those of you who like to get into the Christmas spirit by stringing lights to and fro why not save yourself some money and electricity this year?

What are the holiday lights at the end of the tunnel?




The Bite
Aren’t you just dying to know? Easy: LED holiday lights. LED stands for light-emitting diode – a heavenly little bit of technology that lights things up using very little energy.




The Benefits




·                   Watching energy bills flatline. LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs.




·                   Killing off holiday hassle. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don’t have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones.




·                   More cash on the other side. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs.




·                   Seeing the light, not heating it. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.




Wanna Try?

                   Brookstone LED Mini-Ice Lights – small white or multicolored lights; 24-ft strands ($20).




Forever Lights – pinecone-esque colored or white bulbs; 24-ft small-bulb strand, 16-ft large-bulb ($19-$29).