A building lit up at night with holiday lights.

Safety and Energy Saving Tips for Holiday Lights

Holiday lights can lead to an increase in your energy usage during the Christmas season.

The holiday season is often one of the most exciting times of the year. Spending time with family and enjoying the season of gift-giving can often be expensive though. Between gifts, meals, entertainment, and decorations, the additional spending can add up. Holiday lights are usually a culprit that we don’t think about because they can significantly raise your electricity bill’s cost for the Christmas season. Check out our tips below on how to keep your bills low and keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

 

Save this Season

  • Switch to LED Lights – Something as simple as the type of lights you use can play a massive role in the end cost of your monthly bill. LEDs, on average, will cost less and last longer than their incandescent counterparts. Investing in LEDs upfront can save you money in the long run and will save more energy each year.
  • The Time Your Lights are On – For anything that uses power, the amount of time you use it will determine how much energy it consumes. Holiday lights follow that same idea. Managing the amount of time that your lights are plugged in can reduce your overall costs for the season. Investing in a light timer can be beneficial and will take the hassle out of remembering to turn your lights off each day.
  • Use a Power Strip – Unless you completely unplug your decorations, they’ll continue to consume electricity while they are turned off. Plugging all of your decorations into power strips can put a stop to constantly draining your home’s energy. Instead of unplugging each of your decorations, you can simply turn off the strip, and the power consumption will end until you decide to use it again.
  • Manage Your Light Display – It’s safe to say that the more holiday lights and decorations you use, the more power they will consume. Take some time to budget how much you want to spend on the decorations themselves and the additional energy costs, then create your display with those numbers in mind. The best display doesn’t always have to have the most lights, and simplicity can go a long way.

 

Safety First

  • Inspect Your Lights – Before putting up any decorations, you should give them a good look-over first. Check for cracked bulbs, cut or exposed wires, and anything else that could pose a safety hazard. If you come across any damage to your decorations, fix them if possible, otherwise replace those decorations before putting them up on your house.
  • Keep Your Strands to Three – How many strands of holiday lights you can connect will depend on the wattage and maximum watt capacity, but a good rule of thumb is to keep it to three or fewer strands per outlet. Using a power strip instead of an outlet will also give you more protection and more outlets to use.
  • Be Aware of Extension Cords – As helpful as extension cords are for getting to those hard to reach outlets, they can also pose several risks. Be sure to secure any cords along the ground to avoid a tripping hazard and keep them dry and away from water to avoid any voltage fluctuation while they are being used.

 

Holiday lights are only one part of saving energy during the winter and keeping your costs low. Mason Mechanical can help you keep your home energy efficient all year. Contact us today to get your home energy-ready this holiday season!