Light your home safely and efficiently this holiday season

Christmas Lights Decorating Columns in Front of HouseAs you deck the halls in coming weeks, we have a few handy tips for a safer, more energy-efficient holiday season.

Consider investing in energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LED lights continue to drop in price and are available in many colors and styles. LEDs produce very little heat, so they reduce the risk of a fire and are safer than incandescent lights. They are also more durable.

And, since they use less energy, LEDs will save you money. Our team of energy experts ran side-by-side evaluations of 600 LED and non-LED mini lights—enough for a 6-foot tree. To light the tree for 6 hours a day for a month, the non-LED mini lights will cost about $4.50, the LED mini lights will cost 60 cents—that is a savings of 86 percent.

????????At Tampa Electric, where safety is a top priority, we offer these additional tips for your home during the holidays:

  • Make sure your holiday lights and cords are in good condition (no broken lights or frayed cords).
  • Never string holiday lights on or near power lines. When using a ladder to install lights outdoors, look above your head before climbing the ladder to ensure you are not near power lines.
  • Never place electric cords under a rug or door, or around a sharp edge or corner. Keep all cords away from high-traffic areas in your home.
  • Never use indoor lights outside, and don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Be sure to turn off holiday lights before going to bed or leaving home – or use a timer, so it can do the work for you.
  • Make sure a reliable testing laboratory, like the Underwriter’s Laboratory, has inspected your holiday lights.
  • If you have a natural Christmas tree, make sure it has enough water to keep branches from drying out, which can pose a fire hazard.

For additional safety tips, please visit us online at www.tampaelectric.com/safety.

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