There are so many wonderful things about the holiday season. The holidays are surely a time to spend in the good company of family and friends. Many enjoy the wonderful feeling of giving generously to loved ones as well as those in need. If you are like so many people, you also enjoy decorating your home in its holiday finest. There are few things more heart-warming on the coldest of winter nights than to see houses all aglow with holiday lights and décor!
Yet as wonderful as the holidays are, there is so much waste involved in the season. From so much wrapping paper and gift boxes tossed into the trash cans on Christmas morning to the mind-boggling amount of energy being wasted on holiday lights, the holidays can surely make your inner “green” self feel more than a little guilty. For people who don’t want to turn into a Scrooge this holiday season and forgo the lights altogether, you can absolutely still decorate your house up in holiday style in a way that you can feel good about with LED lights.
You can find LED lights at most stores today, including major chains like Target and Walmart as well as home improvement stores and even local grocery stores. You can find them in a variety of holiday hues, including white, red, green, multicolored, and more. They do cost slightly more than your standard lights, but they are so energy efficient that you will recoup the savings through a reduction in your energy cost.
What is so green about LED lights? A typical string of LED Christmas lights uses approximately 80-90% less energy than your traditional holiday lights. In terms most people will understand, it may cost you upwards of $75 to run your single, 300-bulb strand of standard C-9 lights for the typical 60-day holiday season. An equivalent LED string of lights will cost under $1. That’s a substantial difference in energy usage!
If that doesn’t convince you, consider that LED lights can burn up to 100,000 hours without needing to be replaced. This means that you keep more old and worn out strings of holiday lights out of the landfills. It also means that you save money in the long run by not having to replace your lights so frequently.
If you are looking for a way to make your holidays just a little more green, make a switch to eco-friendly LED lights this season. You can find LED lights that are suitable for outdoor use as well as indoor use on your tree.
TIP: Some utility companies are offering rebates for switching to LED lights. Check with your utility company to see if this is an option for you!