While the beautiful lights illuminating the outside of your house are the envy of the neighborhood, they can also take a heavy toll on your energy bill.

It is exciting to decorate our homes during the holiday.  It can be expensive when your energy bill comes, but by using energy efficient lights and decorative displays you can save money.   While these energy efficient options are a bit more expensive, there’s a way to get these energy efficient options for less: After holiday clearance sales.

So you can save money now and save money later, as the savings will keep on coming during the next holiday season when you break out your new energy efficient decorations, saving you money on your power bill.

Here are a couple of types of energy efficient decorations you can pick up at after holiday sales.

LED Lights

Energy Star LED light strands can use 70% less energy than traditional lights. LED’s are brighter, environmentally friendly and easier to install. Depending on how many lights you need, you can string together up to 24 strings of LEDs end-to-end without any worry of overloading a wall socket. You’ll also save money over time since LEDs are more durable, lasting 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Solar Powered Lights

If you really want to impress the neighbors, we recommend solar powered decorative lights available. With the sun being your source of energy, you’ll cut down your energy bill expenses and not have to worry about a tangled clean up once the holidays have passed.

Other Energy Saving Decorating Tips

You can put your decorative lights on a timer so they automatically turn on once it gets dark and then turn off in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep. This will help cut down on energy usage that would be wasted when everyone is sleeping.  Also, using reflective decorations such as ornaments and tinsel, you can make your holidays displays brighter than if you weren’t using reflective materials, reducing the number of lights you need for bright and shiny displays.  Since these use no electricity, they’re a great resource to brighten up your holidays.

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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!