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Light Up the Holidays with LED Lights!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – We all look forward to the glow of holiday lights – on the tree, around the house, or lining each roof ridge and gable outside. With this added illumination, some households resign themselves to a higher holiday utility Using LEDs in place of traditional Christmas lights can save you up to 80% on your energy bill.bill. That doesn’t have to be the case.

Advances in lighting technology are making holiday lights considerably more energy efficient. LED (light-emitting diode) lights are becoming increasingly popular and are readily available. Like compact fluorescents, LED lights are cool to the touch.

Development of LED lights has been ongoing since the 1960s, but LED lights have only recently begun to produce the amount of light output and power to make them competitive with incandescent lights and fluorescents.

Currently, white LED lights produce a cooler, bluish glow, as compared to the warmer glow of an incandescent with yellow undertones. Warmer-toned LED lights are available, but they offer less light per watt of energy consumed.

LED lights provide a variety of benefits: energy efficiency, savings on maintenance, durability, and impact resistance, to name a few. Many LED lights are advertised to last 50,000 to 100,000 hours.

LEDs cost around 45¢ for 30 days when used for 6 hours per day, traditional holiday lights cost $31.30 for 30 days when used for 6 hours per day. The initial investment in LED lights may be greater than traditional holiday lights; however, over time, a sizable savings will be seen on your power bill.

For more energy conservation tips for your home, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights!

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Drop your old Christmas lights by Lowe's if you want to recycle them.ASHEVILLE NC – If you are moving to more energy-efficient LED Christmas lights, or have decided to get rid of your old or non-working incandescent strings of lights – you can recycle them!

Just drop them by the Asheville Lowe’s one-stop recycling center located inside the store – right next to the exit doors.

 

Looking for your perfect Christmas tree this year?  Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm has you covered!