North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On November - 26 - 2012 0 Comment

Now that Thanksgiving is over, unless you’re some sort of Scrooge (and we know a few of those), you’re most likely unpacking the Christmas/holiday decorations and thinking about what lights to put on the tree and/or your home. As many of you probably have used same bulb strands for years, they probably aren’t the newer, energy efficient bulbs being offered today.

Although buying new lights will cost money, continuing to use the conventional bulbs will rob your wallet and the atmosphere. In fact, this article from HGTV says:

If you leave a set of conventional Christmas tree lights on in your home for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas, you’ll produce enough carbon dioxide  – one of the main greenhouse gases – to inflate 64 party balloons. Outdoor lights tend to use even more energy, since they are usually high-wattage and, therefore, less energy-efficient.

Even if you’re not Clark Griswold, purchasing more energy efficient lights is a smart idea. Your choices include LED lights, solar-powered lights, and energy efficient bulbs. They last longer than traditional bulbs, tend to stay cooler, and, as the article says, come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

So what to do with the old bulbs, then? Well, many don’t know that old Christmas/holiday lights can be recycled. Some states/cities/businesses offer recycling programs with a cash incentive. In addition, hardware stores often have places to recycle old bulbs, although you often don’t get rebates or rewards for doing so.

If you cannot find a place to recycle lights in your area, offers a free light recycling program. After sending them your old lights, they will send you a 25% coupon to use towards LED Christmas lights on their website. All the instructions can be found at the link above.

We hope you have a wonderful time putting up your decorations and hope you’ve at least thought about recycling the old lights and replacing them with new ones! You’re probably already paying for heat, so why not save a little more money and help the environment while you’re at it?


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