Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joining Hands for a Better World: 12.10.13

One week ago I set out on a pre-Christmas challenge — to post a tip a day we can collectively follow with the goal of making the world a better place. 

Today’s suggestion: Light Your Tree with LEDs. 

LED (Light-emitting diode) lights consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and that includes strings of holiday lights! According to info found at the US Department of Energy website [scroll down the page for the section on holiday lights], LEDs are also:
  1. Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  2. Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  3. Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  4. Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.

If you need any more convincing, check out Energy.gov's estimated cost of electricity to light a tree for one season.

And Energy.gov's cost of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons.

For info on the vast assortment of LED holiday strands available, where to purchase them, and special offers for trading in your old strings of lights for some new ones, check out this article at thedailygreen.

Here are two different options on sale at True Value Hardware.

EnvironmentalLights.com even offers a solar option

I hope I’ve caught you in time, but if you’re tree is already up, there’s always next year!

That’s it for today. “See you tomorrow.”

“All together now,” as the Beatles once sang. Let’s see how much good we can do over the next few weeks.

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