Christmas lights at home can cost a lot of energy if used without moderation or care. This year, more than ever, with inflation and rising energy prices , it’s important to find ways to save on Christmas lights.
In this article, we leave you 5 tips for not spending so much energy (and money) on electricity this Christmas, without having to cut back on decoration.
Replace traditional lighting with LED
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Investing in LED lights ( light-emitting-diodes ) for lighting this Christmas , even if it involves a higher initial investment, can pay off due to lower energy consumption.
This type of lighting is more expensive to start with, but it also has a greater capacity, is more durable, safer, ecological and can reduce energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional incandescent lamps. It is a more sustainable option that, while lighting between 30,000 to 50,000 hours , consumes much less energy.
According to PCDIGA, in an LED lamp, 95% of the energy is converted into light, and only 5% is wasted as heat. In traditional light bulbs, only 5% of the energy is converted into light, and 95% is wasted as heat. That is, an 84-watt incandescent light is equivalent to a 36-watt LED bulb , both of which provide the same level of light.
In other words, betting on LED lights to light up your Christmas ornaments this year can represent significant savings on your electricity bill.
Set a time to have the lights on
So that you don’t waste so much energy with the lights you installed in the decorations, try to organize and keep a schedule for when you have the lights on and off.
Set a time to turn them on and off , depending on your preferences and family dynamics. For example, maybe it makes more sense to have only the lights on from the moment the sun goes down until they go to sleep .
Be strict and try your best to meet this schedule. Leaving the lights on for a full night or day will have an unwanted effect on your electricity bill at the end of the month.
Use smart plugs or timers
So that you can stick to a schedule to have the lights on, strictly, the ideal is to bet on smart sockets or timers .
There are two pieces of equipment that can help you program specific times for when the lights should turn on and off automatically .
Thus, it ensures that the defined times will be met and that there are no unnecessary expenses.
Install power management apps
You can also ensure the accuracy of this routine through power management applications . There are apps that make it possible to connect your mobile phone to home equipment , allowing the automation of electrical appliances and reducing energy costs.
They are home control systems that will allow you to turn the lights on and off whenever you want, even if you are not at home.
To find out which application is most suitable for you, consult your electricity supplier .
Luminous Christmas decoration, but no light
If you prefer to cut down on Christmas lights this year, you can replace the typical lights with other decorative ornaments.
For example, this season you will find many gold/silver and shiny elements that can be equally eye-catching. You can use them both on the Christmas tree and the nativity scene, as well as decorating the outside of the house. In the latter case, you can opt for traditional Santas hanging from windows or balconies.