Getting ready for this festive time of year often means buying lights, trees, and decorations to make your home feel merry. The good news is that there are many new technologies available to make decorating even more exciting. And if minimizing your energy consumption is important to you, you can still have festive décor while staying true to your values.
LED Holiday Lights
Switching from strings of incandescent lights to LED holiday lights, both outdoors and indoors, is a great way to save money. LED holiday lights use 75% less energy and last ten times longer. Their durability means that you don’t need to buy new strings of lights every couple years. Another benefit is the bulbs stay cool, which reduces the potential for fire.
LED Projection Lights
Another alternative to decorating your house with strings of lights is using an LED projection light. They display colours and patterns on your home, but use less energy than strings of lights. Plus, it’s an easy way to make your house look festive without climbing ladders and fiddling with an installation.
When setting up your holiday lights, make sure to plug them into a timer. This way you can program when the lights turn on and off, which can save you from accidentally keeping them on overnight or during the day. That means you have one less thing to think about during the busy holiday season.
Another way to dress up a room without adding to your electrical bill is to use reflective décor. Mirrors, glass, tinsel, garlands, and other shiny decorations glimmer and reflect light without using lights.
Candles can be a classic and beautiful addition to your holiday décor—providing light, texture, and even scent. When entertaining, consider using candles to create a warm atmosphere and save on electricity.
Please keep safety in mind when using candles. Never leave them lit when you’re out of the room, place them away from flammable decorations, and keep out of reach of children and pets.
Ribbons, wreaths, and garlands
There is no rule that says you must decorate with holiday lights. Beautiful ribbons, wreaths, garlands, and ornaments can make a home feel festive inside and out. Adding holiday-coloured pillows and blankets also helps to make it feel cosy and comfortable. Décor that does not use electricity is definitely the way to go if you want to save energy.
We hope these tips help you keep your holiday décor energy consumption to a minimum while maximizing the warmth and merriment of your home.
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and energy-efficient holiday season!