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Have an Efficient Holiday!

The Holiday season can hurt your wallet in several ways, including high energy bills.  Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to throw energy efficiency out the window though.  The Charlotte Sun Newspaper spoke with the Florida Power and Light Company and had the following festive tips.

“When it comes to holiday light displays, one of the biggest energy savers comes from using energy-efficient lights.  LEDs, or light-emitting-diode lights use up to 98 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lights, which saves residents approximately $4 for every 10 strands hung.”

“In addition to being huge energy bill cost savers, the LEDs tend to last longer than 100,000 hours indoors and about 50,000 hours outdoors.  Because the LEDs have a cooler running temperature than regular lights, manufacturers can use plastic on the bulbs instead of glass.  Not only does this mean the LEDs are more durable, Brunjes said, but it also means they are less likely to cause a fire.”

“Aside from using energy-efficient and solar-powered lights, Brunjes said FPL is also advising consumers to restrict the amount of time electrically powered decorations are used by setting up timers.”

There are many other ways to save money and efficiency this holiday season.  Try baking multiple items in the oven at the same time or putting your light display on an automatic timer.  Take a look at the Alliance to Save Energy website for detailed list.

Happy Holidays!

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