Efficient, Safe Holiday Lighting

More people are using LED holiday lights — not just because they use up to 85% less energy, but also because they have a soft, festive glow. Connecting an automatic timer to them makes them even more efficient: you know that when you go to bed or leave the house, the lights are not left on.

To keep your lighting safe, use the right lighting — indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside. Don’t string more than three sets of lights together, and don’t use more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord. Check your lights — old or new — and return or throw out any that are cracked or broken or have frayed or bare wires.

And remember that when it comes to holiday lights, a few small lights can have a big impact. Don’t cover your house in them; instead, try lighting up one tree, or lining just your front door with them.