This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

December 21, 2005

Save Energy with LED Lights and Timers this Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunities to either waste energy or save it. One way to save energy is to switch to holiday lights that use LEDs (light-emitting diodes). According to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), each LED bulb uses only 0.04 watts, about one-tenth of the energy used by mini-lights and less than one percent of the energy used by the large, old-fashioned holiday lights. LEDs also last a long time and produce no heat, helping to eliminate fire hazards. But just because they're energy misers, no need to flout it: you should still put your lights on a timer, so they'll only stay on when people are likely to see and appreciate them. For this and other holiday-season energy tips, see the ASE press release.

Want to learn more about LEDs and other holiday lighting options? See the latest holiday lighting fact sheet (PDF 860 KB) from the EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse, a service of the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. Download Adobe Reader.