Ways to Conserve Energy with Holiday Lights this Season

Now that the holidays have officially “begun,” I would like to discuss the energy use that comes with Christmas. So much energy is used throughout the month of December to keep Christmas lights on. In fact, a study from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) back in 2008 found that holiday lights count for 6.6 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity consumption per year. This is also just a small fraction of the amount of energy used in the U.S. per year. In fact, 6.6 billion kWh could provide enough energy to small countries like El Salvador for a year. 

As festive as these lights are, they take up TONS of energy and are very costly. I’m not saying don’t celebrate with holiday lights this season. However, here’s a few tips to be more energy efficient with your lights.

Use LED Lights

LED lights last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Incandescent bulbs are harmful to the environment because they emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and heat, according to environmental lobbying groups. Although they are more expensive when you purchase them, they will save you more money and last longer than incandescent bulbs. 

Schedule Shifts for the Lights

Rather than keeping your Christmas lights on all day, consider limiting the amount of time you have your lights on. For example, you could only have them on at night, when the lights look very special. Also you could set a schedule, such as keeping them on from 5pm-10pm each day. 

Have Lights Closer to Christmas

Instead of doing a whole month of lights, perhaps shorten the period of time for lights in half. While I understand that this is a special time for so many, perhaps you could consider shortening the amount of time the lights are up. This can cut down on the amount of energy the Christmas lights are being used for. Perhaps they could be up for two weeks rather than the whole month. 

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