Three Ways to Save Money on Christmas Decorations
Money practically flies out of homeowners’ wallets when the holidays roll around. When they’re not spending money on Black Friday deals, they’re spending money on energy bills––and during the winter, they can easily get into the triple digits. So, does that mean the front of the house has to be bare this holiday season? Of course not.
Here, homeowners can learn about decorating their residences for the holidays. These easy money-saving tips ensure homeowners save money without sacrificing their festive spirits.
Get LED Lights
The U.S. Department of Energy says that if someone is serious about saving money this holiday season, they should throw out their old stands of Christmas lights and switch to LED lights. EnergyStar-branded LED lights use 75 percent less energy than their competitors and last up to 25 times longer.
Some other benefits of LED Christmas lights include:
- The bulbs don’t get hot, so they don’t burn users upon touch
- LED lights offer more colors than incandescent bulbs
- LEDs are designed to emit light in a certain direction, making them more powerful than most lights on today’s market
LED lights are also pretty cheap. One can score a 75-foot strand of LED holiday lights online for under $20. That’s a pretty good investment, considering that LED lights can last up to 20 years.
Get Battery-Operated Christmas Lights
Battery-operated holiday decorations take money-saving to the next level. Here, a homeowner doesn’t have to worry about tangled extension cords, electrical fires, and other complications. Instead, they can buy batteries at their local hardware store and watch the magic happen. Here are some of the many benefits of battery-operated decorations:
- A homeowner doesn’t have to worry about their electrical bills spiking during the holiday season––at least, not because of holiday decorations.
- Homeowners have many options when it comes to getting holiday decorations that run on batteries. They can opt for LED lights, animatronics, projectors, and other outdoor Christmas decorations.
- Battery-operated decorations give homeowners more versatility when decorating. They don’t have to base their designs around where an outlet is. They don’t have to open windows to snake extension cords through, either.
Rely on Old School Traditions and Use Candles
Many historians believe that holiday decorations became popular when Germans immigrated to the United States in the 1800s. They brought many traditions overseas, including the good ol’ Christmas trees. Because they didn’t have electricity (and, by extension, outdoor Christmas lights), they relied on candle-lit displays to show their warm tidings.
While candles can bring a special touch to one’s holiday spectacle, here are some important things to keep in mind, per the National Candle Association:
- Homeowners should never leave candles unattended, even if they’re just going to the gas station down the block
- Homeowners should never burn a candle near anything flammable––like the Christmas tree
- Don’t burn the candle all the way down to the wick; doing so is a fire hazard
- Don’t put candles too close to the Christmas tree; instead, one should rely on LED Christmas tree lights
There are more than 8,000 house fires each year. One can avoid being a statistic by heeding the advice listed above.
About Atlas Home Service
Altas Home Service wants everyone to have a happy and healthy holiday season. That’s why it offers many of the money-saving tips listed above. It also offers same-day service, flexible scheduling options, and service with a smile. Homeowners in Alexandria, LA, don’t have to rely on DIY measures to get the job done. Instead, they can call these professionals today for holiday electrical service.