It's a holiday tradition, spending hundreds to decorate your house with lights, and then spending hundreds more to keep them lit for a month. But for those who are trying to keep costs down -- many are looking at the option of "going green" this season.
It took Jerry Dixon two days to decorate his house -- and he says it'll stay lit until New Year's, no matter how high his energy bill may soar. "We enjoy life, and I think being rich is enjoying what you've got, you know, and that's what we do," Dixon said. "I don't even think about it anyway."
But what if you are trying to save energy and cut down your bill? Your best bet is to convert to LED lights. They use less than one-tenth the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs -- and can last about 200,000 hours, as compared to conventional lights that only last about 2,000 hours. And since they use plastic lenses, instead of glass and filaments, they're virtually unbreakable. But the best part, one dead light doesn't affect the rest. "If one goes out the rest will still stay lit, unlike the other ones where if one went out, the whole strands out," said Monica Rose, a Christmas lights expert.
While LED lights will save in long run, right now they'll cost you double the dollars for half the lights. Still, some people are happy with they've got. "People's going to do it anyway, you know just like gas," Dixon said. "Gas goes up, people still gonna go, it doesn't matter."
Many homeowners said they have their energy bill set up to average throughout the whole year, so they really don't notice a difference when they light up their house in December.
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