EAU CLAIRE (Dec. 13, 2016) – If people still have halls to deck and homes to decorate, it can be done this holiday season without breaking the bank. While lighting preferences vary, making the move to LED lighting (light-emitting diode bulbs) can result in substantial savings on customer’s energy bills.
Depending on the type and number of lights used for the holidays, customers can see savings anywhere from $1 to more than $100 a month based on current Wisconsin electric rates For example, customers using only one strand of 100 LED mini-lights for five hours a day, will realize savings of $1.08 a month per strand, when compared to a strand of incandescent bulbs. One strand of 25 LED standard C7 lights used for five hours will save $4.08 per month, while one strand of 25 LED standard C9 lights can save $5.73 (savings can vary depending on which manufacturer consumers use).
Most people use multiple strands of holiday lights for up to two months during the holiday season and the cost savings can be much higher. The savings on a 15 strand of LED mini-lights used for five hours a day comes to more than $16 a month; 15 strands of LED standard C7 lights will save more than $60 a month, while the savings on 15 strands of LED standard C9 lights can be more than $85 a month.
Always practice safety when decorating
Here are safety tips for hanging holiday lighting:
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