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Tips for a Safe and Energy Efficient Holiday Decorating Season

2022 sure has flown by! The holidays are nearly here and soon we’ll be spreading joy and cheer and decking the halls. Before you drag those lights out, we have a few tips to help you stay safe and energy efficient while decorating this holiday season.

Decorate in style and save energy

  • Make the switch to LEDs. Brighter and longer lasting, LEDs are great for lighting up holiday trees and displays. They also use up to 80% less energy and are less of a fire risk because they stay cooler even with extended use.
  • Time it right. Grab a few programmable timers. Timers allow you to control the number of hours your lighting displays will be on reducing the amount of energy used and increasing your savings.
  • Reconsider inflated costs. Inflatable decorations are all the rage these days, but they are a huge energy drain – a lot more than a few extra lights. Before you open your wallet for that 10-foot Frosty the Snowman, think about how he’ll affect your energy bill down the road.
  • Be strategic and creative. There are plenty of tricks to using fewer lights and maximizing your shine. Reflective and mirrored ornaments can help turn up the lights with their shine power.

Keeping it on the safe side

  • While loading up extension cords with multiple light strands seems to be the most efficient way to go, it can also increase your chances of an electrical fire. It’s best to limit extension cords to just three strands of lights. Playing it safe is always your best bet.
  • When hanging lights outdoors, be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your ladder and decorations stay clear of any overhead power lines at all times.
  • Before putting up your lights every year, give them a good once over to check for frayed wires. Any damaged strands should be disposed of responsibly and replaced to avoid fire hazard.
  • Avoid running cords under rugs, appliances, or furniture where they can be damaged by heavy traffic or overheating.
  • Always check the labels. Some decorations are not meant for outdoor use.

But above all, enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family. From all of us at Seattle City Light, we wish you all the joys of the season. Be safe.