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Five Holiday Energy-Savings Tips

Enough Savings To Buy Yourself a Pizza - Follow the conversation at #ConEdSavings -- The bright news this holiday is that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your seasonal lights. Con Edison reminds customers to put energy savings and safety first. Check out these tips:

1. LEDs Save You Greens: Using LED lights can help your wallet and the environment. An average string of lights can cost a residential customer 27 cents per kilowatt-hour, which adds up to 47 cents per string. Six strings on an average tree add up to $2.87 for the holiday season – a little more than the cost of an NYC slice of pizza. Non-LED lights can cost you up to 10 times the amount to power, so get rid of the old lights and go enjoy the whole pie.

2. Time is on Your Side: Set timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off in the middle of the night. You can save a bundle keeping light displays on from 6 p.m. to midnight, instead of all night long.

3. Look for the Stars: Look for ENERGY STAR products when purchasing larger electronics or appliances. These models meet stricter requirements and can reduce energy usage up to 40 percent compared to standard models.

4. UL products: Make sure that holiday lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Follow directions and don’t mix indoor and outdoor lights.

5. Power Strips are Power Savers: U.S. households spend approximately $100 per year to power devices while they are in a low power mode, roughly 8 percent of household electricity costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To save energy, shut off power at the strip when the appliances are not used.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Check electric cords for worn spots or fraying. Don’t mend it; replace it.
  • Don’t place electric cords under carpets or furniture.
  • Never attempt to retrieve an electrical product that has fallen in water.
  • Never staple or nail cords to walls or baseboards.
  • Don’t overload outlets or powers strips. Overheated wires start fires.
  • Never remove the third prong from a plug to make it fit a two-prong outlet.


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