We all have our favorite holiday movie. But it just so happens that one of mine serves as a great reminder of how important our electricity use is this time of year. While we strive to be Griswold-worthy with our outdoor holiday display, I’m conscious of that famous scene at the Griswold house…you know, the one where the electric meter dial practically spins off when the holiday lights FINALLY work. Poor old Clark, I wonder what that electric bill ran him? Needless to say, this is a classic example of what NOT to do.

Brightening up the holidays with the twinkle of holiday lights doesn’t have to be a huge drain on my budget. In fact, behind the scenes I’m strategically managing our electric use. That’s because I use LED (light emitting diode) light strings for my holiday décor. They can use 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent light strings, last about ten times longer, are cooler and are more durable all while still being super-bright! This means I don’t have to feel guilty for having a grand holiday light display.

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Still need some convincing? Let’s break this down into dollars. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs only cost 27 cents for 12 hours a day for 40 days, compared to $10 for incandescent bulbs. That’s a pretty big deal. I’m sure you can come up with something you’d rather put that $10 towards than your electric bill. I know I can. And because LEDs last longer, you can save year after year. I chalk that up as a win!

The efficiency doesn’t stop there. I also have timers on my lights. By using a timer, I’m able to control when the lights turn on and off. No more wasted energy or waking up and having to meander out in the cold in the middle of the night to turn off that holiday display accidentally left on. With LEDs and the timer, I don’t have to waste my time babysitting my lighting display. Time to set it and forget it! So bring on the music, the decorations and of course, the food!