MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (Nov. 28, 2018) – People decking the halls and decorating their homes this holiday season have a lot of options that won’t break the bank. Xcel Energy is sharing safety tips and information folks can use to save energy by choosing energy efficient decorative holiday lighting. 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, customers can typically save anywhere from $1 to nearly $100 for holiday lights based on Minnesota electric rates. For example, customers using a strand of 100 LED mini-lights for five hours a day will realize savings of more than 60 cents 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 more than $2.25 per month, while one strand of 25 LED standard C9 lights can save more than $3 a month (savings can vary depending on which manufacturer consumers use).
Most people use multiple strands of holiday lights for up to two months during this festive time of year, which can lead to significant savings. The money saved on 15 strands of various holiday lights used for five hours a day breaks down like this:
Always practice safety when decorating
Here are safety tips for hanging holiday lighting:
LED mini lights LED C7 lights LED C9 Lights
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