As neighbors in Durham and Middlefield begin festooning their homes with holiday lighting displays Connecticut Light & Power is sharing some tips to help their customers have a safe and energy-efficient holiday season.
“Over the years, holiday lights have become much more efficient than the old-style bulbs we remember from years past,” said Ron Araujo, CL&P’s manager of Conservation and Load Management. “With newer technology available in many more options, today’s lighting displays can help lower the amount of electricity a family uses and save money.”
Light emitting diode (LED) lights, available most anywhere lights are sold, can cost as little as 25 cents to power compared to the six to ten dollars it can cost to power traditional lights over the season. The degree to which your holiday light displays will increase your electric bill varies by the number of lights used and how long they’re lit.
CL&P is also reminding customers that a good way to keep bills down without sacrificing the spirit of the season is to use timers on their displays. Making sure your decorations are off before leaving home or going to bed is also a way to cut down on energy use.
The utility offers the following decorating tips for light displays:
- Inspect used lights before plugging them in and discard any lights that are cracked, broken or have frayed or bare wires.
- Use only lights and electric decorations that carry the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety label.
- When decorating outdoors, only use outdoor-approved lighting and look out for overhead power lines before using a ladder. Always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines and anything they touch.
For more tips, check out CL&P’s safe holiday lighting video on YouTube.