The holiday season is approaching fast and many of you are already planning to purchase lights to make your home more festive. The winter holiday season is often one of the most costly times of the year, and it is important to consider how you can reduce your monthly power bill by taking into consideration different ways you can reduce energy usage around the holiday season. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can easily minimize the impact that your lights will have on your holiday budget.
Firstly, the most important tip to follow in order to see a significant reduction in your monthly bill is to switch your traditional incandescent lights to LED lights. However, you may see a slight difference in pricing when it comes to upgrading to LED. This is because they are much cheaper to run and will last up to 10 times longer. They’ll save you a lot of money in the long-run and will use about 70-80 percent less energy than the traditional bulbs.
Another thing to remember when purchasing holiday lighting decor, is to keep in mind that you should only use designated outdoor lighting that is labeled for exterior use. You should check the box to guarantee that they are approved for outdoors. Decorating your house with lighting that is not made to endure bad weather can be highly dangerous and can result in a fire hazard.
A great way to have a fantastic holiday decoration without spending too much on electricity is to set timers for your lights. There are not a lot of people out and about in your neighborhood at around 2:00 a.m., so it is a good idea to connect your stringing lights to some type of timer that will allow your lights to turn off and on at a certain point. There are many different sorts of timers ranging from simple to old-fashioned to smart home-integrated timers which you can control directly from your smartphone. By placing your lights on a timer, you can program them to turn on at around 5 p.m. and automatically turn off at 10 or 11 p.m. This will save you a significant amount of electricity usage.
Lastly, remember to be mindful and stay safe while decorating your home. You should check all your lights to make sure there are no broken wires or lights that generate too much heat. When we get closer to the holiday season, look back and recall these tips that will help you stay festive and energy efficient this upcoming holiday!