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Energy-Efficient Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday season is almost here and within the next couple of weeks, you’ll be decorating your home. With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, you may not realize that a lot of your traditional décor can actually eat significant amounts of energy and can cost you quite a bit of money when that December electricity bill comes in. So, as a gift to you, we have looked into some ways to decorate your home that will save energy and put some cash back into your pocket.

LED Lighting

led-lighting-in-text-imagesWe’re sure you saw this coming, but we really do swear by LED lights. While they are a tad more costly than incandescent lighting, LEDs use 75 percent less electricity and last 10 times longer. Plus, LED light strands will save you some sanity because if one bulb goes out, you won’t be searching through the entire thing to find the culprit. 

Do It Yourself

do-it-yourself-in-text-imagesDon’t worry, we know that not everyone’s an artist. But decorations created by you are not only cheap, they also won’t add to your electricity bill. Even if your hand-made wreath doesn’t have sparkly lights, it can still be a beautiful addition to your décor. Plus, most DIY projects come with fool-proof directions, so your project is bound to turn out great.

Candlelit Decorations

candlelit-decorations-in-text-imagesWhy not enjoy pretty lighting the old-fashioned way? Don’t be afraid to dig out the candles you’ve been hoarding in the drawer all year. Putting candles around your home can add a cozy feel that’s perfect for the holidays. Plus, a lot of Christmas decorations need candlelight to operate or project their images. Just be sure to blow them out before you leave the house!

Fiber Optics

fiber-optics-in-text-imagesFiber optic trees and decorations are the ultimate energy saver and they’re cheap. In most cases, they operate from a single bulb located at the base of an entire decoration. Plus, fiber optic trees tend to operate from LED lighting, which is a double whammy in energy savings.

Use Lots of Color

use-lots-of-color-in-text-imagesYou don’t need lights to implement holiday spirit. When decorating, try changing the curtains to holiday colors and replacing your table clothes with new, festive ones. If you’re cognizant of using lots of color throughout your home to promote the holidays, you’ll find that you won’t need as many lights or electricity-operated decorations to fill your home with holiday cheer. 

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