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New Holiday Lights Pay Back in Energy Savings

Next time you go to the mall, you’ll undoubtedly hear the bells and the carols. Lights will go up around the neighborhood, and Rudolph will be back on the radio. The holiday season is upon us once again.

lightsSeason’s Greetings always include plenty of homeowner tips: recycle your wrappings, watch those burning candles, and consider buying longer-lasting, cleaner-burning LED holiday lights.

Oh, we’ve liked the idea of LED lights for years, but the premium price always drove us back to old incandescent, one-season wonder strings to wrap around the tree. But this season might be the one for to LEDs finally find their dominant market share.

Wal-Mart will dedicate half its shelf space to LEDs. Costco isn’t selling any incandescents at all. General Electric, which has sold holiday lighting for more than 100 years, expects that two out of every five strings of lights sold this year will be LEDs.

Holiday lights might not seem like a huge drain on electricity resources, but collectively their use equals the energy required to power 200,000 homes, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy.

While LED bulbs are still more expensive than their traditional counterparts, this year’s price drops mean they’re likely to pay for themselves in energy savings in just two years. Not only that, LED bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent lights.

So when it comes to lighting your family’s festivities, consider the investment in LED lighting. The payback is shorter than you might think.

At US Power and Gas, our home-based energy consultants pay close attention to market trends, and translate that knowledge to action on behalf of our customers. If you’d like to help homes and businesses lower their electricity and natural gas costs, while building your own career based on residual income, learn more today.

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