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Holiday Energy Tips – Lighting

Chris Sully November 10, 2011

Decorate your home with your electricity usage in mind during this holiday season. Following these easy tips can help you stay safe and potentially save money.

LED LIGHTS
Choose light-emitting diode (LED) lights this holiday season. They’re shatterproof, cool to the touch, long lasting, and use approximately 90% less electricity than an incandescent strand. They cost more up front, but should pay for themselves in a season or two.

TIMERS
Use timers to limit indoor and outdoor light displays to no more than six hours per day to help you save electricity.

SAFETY
Refrain from overloading electric sockets and extension cords. Thoroughly inspect light strands and discard any damaged cords.

Verify that outside light strands are rated for outdoor use and follow manufacturer’s recommendations when connecting multiple strands. Extension cords should also be the correct gauge for the load you have.

INFLATABLES
Save on electricity usage with decorative lawn-inflatables instead of standard outdoor incandescent lights. These decorations, on average, require one-third of the electricity needed to power incandescent lights.

MORE INFORMATION
Reliant’s very own Bill Clayton joins Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston to talk about holiday lighting.

Watch the segment on Reliant’s YouTube page: http://youtu.be/avEODs3zvoE

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