For many of us, Christmas lights on our trees, around our trees, around our mantelpiece, and even in our gardens, are essential seasonal decorations. They create such a cozy, atmosphere that glows. We all are aware that we use more energy during Christmas time than any other time of the year. We enjoy the bright and beautiful lights, but we don’t think about saving energy or even saving money at that time.
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Conventional Christmas Lights
If you leave a set of conventional Christmas tree lights on in your home for ten hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas, you’ll produce enough carbon dioxide to inflate 64 party balloons. Outdoor lights tend to use even more energy, since they are usually high-wattage and therefore less energy-efficient. It’s easy to save energy and still enjoy a wonderful light display.
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Light-emitting diode, or LED, Christmas tree lights give a bright light that uses 80 percent less energy than tree lights that are conventional. They don’t have filaments like other bulbs so they stay cooler and are also longer lasting. Another energy efficient lighting system is solar powered lights , even on the worst winter day these lights can take in enough sun to brighten a Christmas tree without any energy supply.
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Energy-saving light bulbs
Energy saving bulbs use around a quarter of the electricity of standard bulbs, and lasts up to twelve times longer. These bulbs are now sold in a range of fittings, shapes, and sizes. When you go shopping watch out for government and industry-approved energy-saving logos to to find the most energy-efficient products.