COLUMBUS – Nebraska Public Power District is looking to help people save both money and energy this holiday season with LED Christmas lights.
NPPD says that LED lights can use up to 99 percent less energy, and last 50 times longer than older, incandescent lights. Using more efficient lights will also free up energy that can be used to heat homes when temperatures hit their lowest points during the winter months.
NPPD Media Relations Specialist Grant Otten says that the power company sees a big hike in their usage around the state during the holiday season, and that leaving higher-usage incandescent lights on can drive up electric bills. Otten says that while LED lights may cost a little bit more at the store, that money will be saved on the back-end when those lights are shining throughout the holidays.
The U.S. Department of Energy also says that LED lights are much cooler to the touch, and greatly reduce the risk of combustion or burnt fingers. LEDs are also more resistant to breakage, last longer, and are easier to install than their incandescent counterparts.