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Trim your holiday energy bill and save with energy efficient lighting

This holiday season Cuba City Light & Water is reminding homeowners and businesses about the benefits and advantages of energy efficient lighting options to help customers stretch their holiday dollar and trim their holiday energy bill.

Cuba City Light & Water recommends replacing traditional holiday lights with a more energy efficient lighting option to decorate the home or business, such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Compared to standard incandescent holiday lights, LED lights offer several advantages. LED holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, cost significantly less to operate, and last longer than standard lights. LEDs and CFLs also emit much less heat than traditional lights, greatly reducing the risk of fire hazards, and do not have the same components that cause traditional lights to burn out or combust.

“Holiday lights often result in added costs on one’s energy bill and Cuba City Light & Water understands that our customers are always aiming to save energy and reduce costs, especially during the holidays,” said Gary Droessler, Director of Public Works. “Residents and businesses can keep the holidays bright by purchasing and installing energy-efficient holiday lights, like LEDs, and watch their energy savings add up.”

Cuba City Light & Water also wants customers to be aware of safe operating practices for all types of holiday lighting. To start, home and business owners should always remember to turn off tree and decorative lights, both indoors and outdoors. Control devices like motion sensors, timers and power strips are a great way to ensure decorative lights are off. With numerous types and brands of holiday lights available, it is also important to read safety and use directions carefully to ensure lights and decorations are used appropriately and for the intended and approved purpose.