Columbus, Neb. – The temperature outside is dropping, snow has begun to fall from the sky, and the time for hanging up Christmas lights is upon us. But using those old incandescent lights could mean an uptick in your home’s energy usage, along with a higher electric bill.
If you treasure putting up lights on the house and around the tree, then don’t worry, you can still light up the block and save some money, by using LED lights. LED lights can use up to 99 percent less energy and last 50 times longer than the incandescent alternative.
“LED lights can be more expensive than incandescent bulbs up front, but the investment will save you more money on your energy bill in the long run,” says Nebraska Public Power District’s Energy Efficiency Program Manager Cory Fuehrer. “The longer life span of LED lights, will save you money on replacements, as well.”
Using more efficient lights also frees up energy that can be used to heat homes when temperatures hit their lowest points during the winter.
“NPPD is always striving to help customers make their homes and businesses as energy efficient as possible and using LED lights for both Christmas decorations and your general interior and exterior lighting provides outstanding savings,” added Fuehrer.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights are much cooler and reduce the risk of combustion or burnt fingers, more resistant to breakage, last longer, and are easier to install.