I am so excited to announce that I have been named a Project Envolve Official Ambassador! What does that mean exactly? And what is Project Envolve™ ?
Project Envolve™ was created to help inspire people to adopt a more energy-efficient, green and eco-conscious lifestyle. Over the next few months I will be posting energy efficiency tips and great projects that you can do at home with your family!
This past weekend my family and I worked hard and had fun getting our holiday decorations up. We decorated our tree, put up our holiday lights outside and add special touches to the fireplace mantle.
Nothing puts me in the holiday mood more than sitting by the fire with the Christmas tree lights on, watching holiday shows on TV. However, did you know that your old Christmas tree lights could be costing you a small fortune? That’s right, if you are not using LED Lights then your electricity bill will be going up–way up! Truthfully in years past I have always cringed when I got my January electricity bill but hopefully not this year!
By making a few small changes, such as using LED Lights and timers for my outdoor lights I’m hoping to save big. Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs only cost $0.27 for 12 hours a day for 40 days as compared to $10 for incandescent bulbs? Additionally, LED Lights offer over 50,000 hours of clean, efficient light so they run cooler, last longer and use just 15-20% of the electricity of a traditional style incandescent light bulb. Plus LED lights can really jazz up your holiday mantle or buffet table.
Here is a great little DIY project that I tried out to add some pizazz to the mantle:
LED lights, ping pong balls, drill bit or other tool and hot glue gun (I didn’t need to glue mine in, you may not have to either)
- Step 1: Drill or poke a hole through each ping pong ball.
- Step 2: Slide a ping pong ball over every few LED bulbs–its up to you how many you want to use.
- Step 3: Place a thin strip of glue around the hole to keep the LED light in place (again, I didn’t find this step to be necessary but you may need to depending on how big the hole is)
- Step 4: Light and enjoy!
The lights shined through the ping pong ball adding a nice glow. I then arranged them on my mantle behind my stockings. They really looked very pretty!
Another great way to save money and electricity is to use timers on your outside lights. Using timers help reduce your electricity output as well because you don’t have to remember to turn your lights off before heading to bed!
Here are some great tips to help you brighten your home and save energy not only this holiday season but every day:
- Use timers on indoor and outdoor lights
- Reduce standby power and save money. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn it off when not in use.
- Use natural sunshine during daytime
- Replace your five most used fixtures with Energy Star fixtures
A great timer doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it can save you money in the long run. Think of all those times you went to bed without turning off the outside lights? How much electricity did you waste while you were sleeping? Plus by using a timer you don’t have to go outside in the cold!
Another great way to save money is to buy a LED Emergency Light. This light functions as both a nightlight and a flashlight so you always have light at your disposal. Because it is LED it is energy efficient and is a much better option that leaving a light on at night. I put it in the hallway so that if my kids get up in the middle of the night they can find their way to the bathroom without having to turn on the overhead lights or having to leave a light on.