This Holiday Season, Save Some Gift Money with Energy Efficient Decorations!
Everyone knows the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without all the fun and festive decorations. After all, nothing brings a little holiday cheer to those cold winter nights like the warm glow of dazzling light displays adorning the yards and twinkling out from the windows of houses.
But there’s another thing that’s sure to bring joy to anyone’s heart - saving money! So this year, why not combine the two? By using the right decorations, homeowners can spread the festive spirit and save a pretty penny on their utility bills all in one go. So keep reading to learn all about the best energy-efficient holiday decorations!
Make the Switch To LED Lights
One big way to cut down on energy costs is to use LED holiday lights. Whether it’s string lights, illuminated inflatables, or any other kind of decorations that involve a light source, LEDs are the way to go. LED (light-emitting diode) lights have numerous advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs, not the least of which is energy efficiency.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, LEDs consume 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, at minimum. They also last much, much longer - around 25 times longer - which means homeowners won’t have to buy new ones every year or two. These two factors make LEDs the powerhouse of saving money - but they’re also the ideal choice for electrical safety since they emit very little heat and greatly reduce the risk of overloading a circuit.
Use Battery-Powered Decorations
Another way to save on the energy bill is to opt for battery-operated decorations, particularly for smaller decorations in windows or indoors. Many of today’s battery-powered decorations use LED bulbs designed to be highly efficient, so the batteries can last all season - especially if they run on a programmable timer.
This ultimately reduces the amount of grid-derived electricity being used in the home. Plus, it’s a great way to use all those old batteries rattling around the kitchen drawer! For an even more eco-friendly option that saves money in the long run, homeowners can get solar-powered holiday lights. With these, there’s no need to buy any replacement batteries!
Decorate With Candles
Finally, if homeowners want to decorate without electricity at all, they can go the old-fashioned route and light some candles. There’s just something heartwarming about the sight of a candle - or candelabra - in the window on a cold winter evening. Having a beautiful arrangement of flickering candles on display can give any home a feel of classic elegance.
And it doesn’t have to be reserved for the windows - any porch or footpath will look festive and inviting with an arrangement of glowing candles, protected from the elements in glass-paned lanterns or sconces. No matter the style of choice, the most important thing when decorating with candles is fire safety - open flames should never be anywhere near flammable materials like curtains or foliage, and one should always extinguish them before leaving or going to bed.
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