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Homebuying During Holidays?

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/7/16 6:30 PM

To list, or not to list? That is the question.

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Topics: Zillow, holiday, Holidays, selling, listing

Why You Should Switch to LED Lights

Posted by Amy Patterson on 12/11/15 4:54 PM

The debate has been going on for a while now: are the savings on your electric bill worth the upfront cost of purchasing LED lights? Since many homeowners are investing in holiday lights this time of year, we thought a calculation comparing 10 strands of lights would be appropriate.

 

Chart via: XcelEnergy

Using the average figures, and calculating the cost for running holiday lights from 5 p.m. to midnight every day from the day after Thanksgiving to January 5, the calculations break down like this:

6 hours per day for 40 days = 240 hours

Using this formula from XcelEnergy:

kW used X (Cost per kWh) X Hours Used = Cost of Electric

Cost of incandescent lighting:

3.208kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $91.47

Cost of LED lighting:

0.104kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $2.97

As you can see, the savings with LED lights far outweigh the upfront cost. Additionally, LED holiday lights can last up to 40 years, while traditional lights usually only last a few.

 Source: XcelEnergy

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Topics: Homeowners, Money, Savings, Go Green, Lighting, Holidays

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

Posted by Amy Patterson on 12/10/15 6:54 PM

If you decide to celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas tree this year – a real Christmas tree – there are some important (and easy) safety precautions that you can take to prevent tree fires.

  • Water regularly – Keeping your tree well watered will not only keep your tree healthier, but decrease the odds of your tree become dry and more flammable.
  • Place wisely – Even though the most picturesque place for your tree might be next to the fireplace, it’s safer to keep your tree away from heat sources.
  • Light conservatively – Overloading your tree with lights can overheat the tree and overload circuits.
  • Switch to LED – LED lights burn cooler than traditional bulbs (they also save you money).

Source: WAOW

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Topics: Homeowners, safety, Home Maintenance, Holidays

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