For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN – Taking energy efficiency seriously this holiday season can be the start of an energy- and money-saving tradition for many holidays to come. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources suggests replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED bulbs, one of many ways to conserve energy during the holidays.
“Consumers can lift their holiday spirits by reducing electric and heating bills,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Whether purchasing holiday lights or gifting an appliance or electronic device, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that the product meets energy-efficiency requirements and to reduce energy loads for years to come.”
LEDs offer many advantages
ENERGY STAR-qualified LED decorative lights are exceptionally energy efficient, many using up to 90 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. For example, the electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs—or enough to power two 24-foot strings.
The DOE estimates the cost of buying and operating LED lights for 10 holiday seasons would be $17.99 compared with $122.19 for incandescent bulbs. In addition to consuming less electricity and costing less, LED holiday lights are:
Other holiday energy-saving suggestions
ENERGY STAR is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that helps save money and protects the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. It makes sure that appliances, lighting and electronics are using less energy than their older, energy-hog counterparts.
For more energy-saving holiday tips, visit the DOE Energy Saver website. For more information on energy efficiency and energy conservation, visit the Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources website and check out two consumer energy guides: Home Envelope and Appliances, Lighting, Electronics.