ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 28, 2011) For many people, the holidays mean decorating fever. Whether you put up one strand of lights or are in competition with your neighbors, stringing hundreds of small, colorful lights is part of the season. But, your festive displays of twinkling lights don't have to mean higher power bills that put a damper on your holiday cheer.
"Many people get into the spirit of the season by hanging string upon string of lights around their homes," said Malcolm Barnes, energy efficiency manager for Progress Energy Florida. "It is the season to be festive, and we encourage people be energy-wise while decorating. A small investment in more efficient lights and timers can add up to more jingle in your pocket."
While the blinking lights and illuminated trees are symbols of the season, sometimes we don't realize how much energy those bulbs use. The traditional bulb used for holiday lighting is 6 watts. A typical strand of 50 lights utilizes 300 watts (.3 kilowatts). That is approximately 3 cents per hour, per strand. Running these lights just 5 hours a day for 30 days, and the total cost for one strand of holiday lights equals about $4.50. Light up just 10 strands and your cost for electricity jumps to $45. Those with larger displays can see lighting costs add up quickly.
Now, take a look at LEDs, (Light Emitting Diodes) and see how you can save energy as well as money, with your holiday lighting. A strand of 50 LED lights uses 4 watts (.004 kilowatts). Using the same formula as above, the total cost to run a strand of LED holiday bulbs for the season would be less than 6 cents. So, running 10 strands of these lights would cost less than $6.00 for the holiday season.
Remember the 1989 "Christmas Vacation" movie? Clark Griswold, the character who lit his house with 25,000 bulbs, would see his electric bill would drop from about $2,200 to $30 if he switched to energy-efficient C9 LED bulbs.
LEDs are small light sources that are illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 6-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs, enough to light two 24-foot strings.
Here are some good reasons why switching to LEDs makes sense this holiday season:
Progress Energy has more energy saving tips to keep the Grinch from your door this holiday season:
Above all else, make safety a priority when decorating with holiday lights.
Safely string your holiday lights; save energy and save money. Bright ideas for a festive holiday.
For more energy-saving tips visit http://www.progress-energy.com/save. Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system.
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