Holiday excitement this time of year sends many Texans into a flurry of decorating their homes, schools, and offices. The star of most holiday displays is the light show, with strings, ropes, nets, and icicles adorning your office cube, front door, landscape, or your whole house! NASA satellites have recorded nighttime light from major US cities shining 20 to 50 percent brighter around Christmas and New Year’s Day. Beautiful as they are, these lights can strain your energy bill over the course of a season. They also create opportunities to both add to and prevent landfill waste. Consider several options to Take Care of Texas this holiday season.
Many lighting formats, including string lights, nets, ropes, icicles, and lights of various sizes, are available in an LED option. LED lights typically use considerably less energy and last longer than incandescent lights. Look for Energy Star certified lights, which have been tested to ensure that they use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and even come with a warranty of three years or more. The increased efficiency and durability will save you money, use less energy, and create less waste.