Austin’s longstanding icon of holiday cheer was lit up again recently for the season; and when stopping by to show a friend the joys of spinning under the lights, the reality of how much energy is used hit me!
I’m looking into the facts (via Austin Energy) to see if they match my intuition and figure out what the real energy usage is. I want to figure out what the savings might be if the incandescent bulbs were switched to LED lights.
It seems I’ve seen fewer lights on homes this year, and perhaps that is due to the awareness that the traditional strands burn lots of energy. This is a tough one for me, because I’ve always loved the twinkly lights. Maybe we should start a contest for who can create the most striking display with the fewest strands, or the best power conservation.
(Note: if you do have holiday lights, put them on a timer so they are only on for a few hours in the evening, while you area wake and when most people will drive by and see them!)
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