4 Tips for Going Green for Christmas

The holidays are a magical time, but they can be draining in more ways than one. Your decorations can dramatically increase your energy usage if you’re not careful. This adds a burden to the power grid and makes your electric bill skyrocket. You don’t have to ditch the lights to save energy on holiday decorating, though.

Use LED Lights

Whether you’re wrapping lights around your indoor tree or decking out your house, consider switching from incandescent bulbs to LED lights. LED lighting uses up to 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Plus, LEDs burn bright for up to 100,000 hours, whereas incandescent lights only last up to 3,000 hours. You’ll save money because you’ll be able to reuse your strands for years.

LEDs are also safer. They don’t get hot to the touch and don’t contain filament or glass. Plus, they’re brighter than incandescent lights.

Better yet, consider using solar Christmas lights. You won’t have to worry about shelling out extra cash to the energy company or using extension cords.

Set a Timer

If you keep your outdoor lights on all night, it’s easy to forget to turn them off once the sun comes up in the morning. Cut your energy usage by controlling your lights with a timer. You can also plug other lawn decorations, such as that inflatable Grinch, into timers so that they don’t run all day and night.

Turn Off Additional Lights

When your living room is lit up by the Christmas tree, you probably don’t need to turn on all of your secondary light sources. Keep the lamps and overhead lights off so that you can enjoy the glow of your tree.

Use Reflective Decorations

Holiday decorating is not all about the lights. You can create interest and drama by using metallic or reflective decorations. Position your shiny ornaments near the lights on your tree so that they project the light out into the room. Use tinsel around your doors and windows to show off how festive you are instead of trimming every surface with strings of lights.

Bottom line: Ultimately, the best way to go green for the holidays is by using solar energy. Give yourself the gift of energy savings. To schedule an appointment with HES Solar, contact(619) 350-0032.

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