BERLIN Conn. (WTNH) — With another Thanksgiving in the books, holiday displays will once again start popping up all across the country. So before you deck the halls this Christmas, Eversource is sharing energy and money saving tips for the holiday season.
Eversource officials say if you are getting ready to take out your Christmas lights it’s important to run through a safety checklist before you do. You should inspect all lighted decorations to make sure they are not broken or cracked. Also, be sure the lights you’re putting outside are labeled for outdoor use, always look up and stay away from all power lines when decorating outdoors. Never raise ladders or extend objects anywhere near lines.
Eversource says if it’s time to replace older holiday decorations, LED lights which offer many benefits over traditional incandescent lighting. LED strings generally last much longer than traditional bulbs and longer strings of them can be safely run from the same power source. In addition to a longer lifespan, LEDs offer significant cost savings. A string of standard incandescent mini lights uses around 40 watts while a comparable string of LED’s typically uses just 4.8 watts, which can make a big difference over the course of the season. For example:
- Three strings of incandescent mini lights, on for 150 hours, will cost about $3.00.
- Three strings of LEDs, on for 150 hours, will cost about 40 cents.
Eversource also offers these holiday tips to help customers stay safe and be more energy efficient:
- Never run extension cords under rugs or coil them tightly around themselves, which can cause them to overheat.
- Use a programmable timer for lights to ensure they aren’t accidentally left on.
- Check extension cords and plug outdoor lights and decorations into GFCI outlets.
- Use advanced power strips where possible for all holiday lighting to eliminate standby energy loss.
- Turn off room lights when the tree is lit to save energy while creating a festive atmosphere.
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