It’s that time of year! The temperature starts dropping and everyone starts thinking about the holiday season. Today I am sharing some great ways to make the holidays merry and bright! And the energy-efficiency and savings are sure to be a welcome treat!
Decorating for Christmas has always been part of my holiday season. And truthfully, a VERY expensive part of the holiday season. But this year, thanks to Project Envolve, I am going to help make the holidays merry and bright, and save some money in the process!
I admit, I am a bit of a Christmas light junkie. If you can wrap it, you can light it. For me that includes railings, bushes, doorways, and more. The trouble is, with regular incandescent bulbs, you are using a lot of energy and racking up a huge electric bill.
As you can see, I use a lot of incandescent lighting with my outside decorations. There is something so comforting about coming home to the warm, colorful glow the these Christmas lights. But it comes with a big price. Since our winters have been colder and snowier, having Christmas lights and heat add up very quickly.
So how am I changing that this year? Well, first off, I switched all my outdoor lighting to LED Christmas lights.
The nice thing about LED lights is that they use 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent light strings, last about 10 times longer, and are cooler and more durable than incandescent lighting. That can add up to big savings for you!
Pretty cool, huh? And since they now have colored LED bulbs, this decorating junkie is in heaven!
But these amazing ways to make the holidays merry and bright aren’t just for the outside. You can use LED lights on the inside to make your home sparkle and shine. For instance, take this winter-themed birdhouse. Kind of boring and plain on the outside.
By taking a strand of simple(and sparkly) LED lights, you can add a lot of pizzazz and save money as well!
Simple and easy, but it will make the holidays merry and bright for just a few pennies. What a great idea!
Other tips to make the holidays merry and bright:
- Combine sparkly ornaments with LED lights to make a brighter impact. By combining the two, you can use less light strands while still having lots of shiny and bright. After all, less is more!
- Use a timer on your outdoor lights. If you go to bed and forget to turn your lights off, that energy is wasted. By using a timer, you can be sure that your lights on only on when they are most needed.
- Think small appliances for the holiday season. The average kitchen accounts for 15% of your home’s energy use. By using slow cookers or no-bake recipes, you can save time, money, and energy on your holiday menu.
So I hope that you found some amazing ways to make the holidays merry and bright, and save some time and energy in the process. I want to thank Project Envolve for help me to make the holiday merry and bright, and a bit sparkly too!
How will you update your holiday decorating this year?
For more energy saving ideas, be sure to check out the PPL Electric Utilities Pinterest boards!
*I am a Project Envolve ambassador and receive product and/or compensation for these posts. Project Envolve is part of the PPL Electric Utilities Corporation. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own! #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved