Spreading holiday cheer by decorating a house with lights can be pricy and some Nebraskans may be a bit upset when their utility bill comes in January. Omaha Public Power District’s Energy Solutions Specialist Garry Ruliffson says you can save money by switching to different lighting.
Ruliffson says, “A string of ten standard incandescent bulb, its about $35 a month. Then if they step up and say we are going to put a few more up and you have 50 strings of lights, that is going to run up to $270 a month. And then if they go all out and get 100 strings it is going to be closer to $350 a month.”
Ruliffson says there is a significant savings by switching from those incandescent strings of lighting to LED. He says 50 strings of LED lights will cost about $40 a month to use, a savings of about $135. He says other benefits of LED lighting is they typically last longer than traditional bulbs.
That leads to another question that has puzzled generations. A strand of lights worked perfectly when stored them in January and when you get them out to use next December they don’t work. Ruliffson says a lot depends on where you store them. He says if it is in an attic there are extreme temperature changes from summer to winter and that could cause them not to work. He says it is also easy to break a bulb if you just toss them into a box and that will impact an entire strand.