If you drive around any carbon county neighborhood at this time of year, you're bound to see plenty of Christmas decorations, especially lights. But what you might not know is you can save a good buck, if you upgrade from the older style lights.<<carol>> the bulbs we use too use years ago were c-7's and c-9's and a lot of them had the solid, muted colors. Now everything's going to led. We spoke with Carol Obando Derstine, with PPL "We recommend you buy LED lights. They use 75% less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs."
Some decorations don't need to be plugged in at all to be powered. Carol Miller of M&S Hardware in Lehgihton tells us theres solar decorations "The solar are very efficient as well, obviously because it doesn't take electricity."
Do you forget to turn you're lights off in the morning? Obando Derstine says try a timer. "Limit your usage, customers can install a timer, and they can program it to turn on and off only when they use them. And they can use them only in the evening.
And if you want to cut the decoration power all together, you can try some more creative ideas. "Maybe use some reflective decorations that aren't necessarily powered by electricity. Maybe tinsel or other reflective decorations."
And remember safety first, because a trip to the hospital, or a house fire is the last thing anyone wants for the holidays. Make sure you throw any frayed wires in the trash, also stay at least ten feet from any power lines.