Christmas lights will twinkle at Blue River Plaza in Breckenridge on Friday, December 20, 2019.
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Xcel Energy encourages people to save money this holiday season by following safety tips and monitoring energy costs for different lights and holiday decorations.
According to Xcel, most people use different aspects of Christmas lights for two months this time of year, which is an opportunity to save.
Depending on the type and number of bulbs used, Xcel customers can typically save anywhere from $1 to $100 based on Colorado electricity rates. Customers using a string of 100 LED mini lights five hours a day save more than 80 cents a month compared to a single string of incandescent bulbs.
Similarly, a single string of 25 LED standard C7 lights can save about $2.50 per month, while a single string of 25 LED standard C9 lights can save over $3.50 per month. These savings may vary by manufacturer.
Customers can also save on their bills by turning on their lights during off-peak Xcel hours. On non-holiday days, the high tariffs apply from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., while the low tariffs start at 7:00 p.m. Low rates apply to all hours on weekends and public holidays.
Xcel also urges its customers to be safe when decorating:
- Use Underwriters Laboratory approved lamps and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Before attaching Christmas lights to houses or trees outside, look up to locate overhead power lines, then remove any objects, such as ladders and extension poles, more than 10 feet away. Never throw lights near or over overhead power lines.
- Check the wires on the light wires and replace any that are frayed or corroded. Discard those that are in poor condition. Also check for loose connections and damaged plugs or light sockets.
- Connect the lights before stringing them together to see if any bulbs have burned out.
- Keep the lights away from metal railings and railings, which can activate if a short occurs in the wire. Avoid string lights with aluminum covers, which can conduct electricity. Never use lights on metal trees.
- Make sure ceiling decorations are not blocking the vent or vent pipe.
- Keep lights away from combustible materials, including curtains.
- Avoid connecting too many light cords together and plugging them into a single outlet. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended maximum number of strings per output.
This story is from SteamboatPilot.com.