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LED holiday lights reduce energy costs
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Cliff Voliva 503-378-3637
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035

SALEM—Using LED holiday lighting over conventional “bulb” lights can reduce energy costs by up to 90 percent. While they may cost more initially, LED lights can pay for themselves in just one holiday season.
Light-emitting diode (LED) lights use very little electricity and are cool to the touch. Besides saving energy, the lights last for many years. The lights come in single- or multi-colored strings and a variety of shapes. LED holiday lights can be found at many hardware, grocery and retail stores.
Following are more tips from the Oregon Department of Energy that will help even the most energy-conscious person enjoy the holiday season.
  • If you don’t buy LED lights, look for energy saving miniature lights that generate less heat and use less electricity than larger bulbs. Strings of 25 large outdoor lights (labeled C-7 and C-9) can cost two- to three-times as much in electricity as a string of 100 miniature lights.
  • Limit the time you have your holiday lights on. Turn them on in the evening and remember to turn them off when you go to bed or, better yet, put them on a timer.
  • Check all your lights for damaged sockets, fixtures and cords. Discard any that appear defective.
  • Instead of adding more strings to the tree, try maximizing the lights you have with mirrored ornaments and other items.
  • To learn more about LED holiday lighting, go to: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=12032
About the Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments. For more information, visit ODOE’s website at www.oregon.gov/energy.


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