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Save Energy and Money This Holiday Season with LED Lights

One of the easiest ways to trim expenses this holiday season is to replace your inefficient incandescent holiday lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lights that use just one-tenth the energy. Widely available online, as well as at hardware stores, home improvement stores and major retailers, LED holiday lights are rated to last at least 50,000 hours. LED lights are also cool to the touch, which greatly reduces the fire hazard posed by incandescent bulbs, can be used indoors or outdoors and, made of shatterproof plastic, aren't susceptible to breakage like traditional glass mini lights.

With incentives offered by cities and utilities throughout California, making the decision to switch to LEDs is even simpler. In some cases, such as exchanges where you can swap two or three strands of old, incandescent lights for strands of new LEDs, the switch may not cost you anything at all. Check with your city or utility for available holiday light exchanges or rebates. Residents of Anaheim who buy LED holiday lights and complete the online program application through December 24, for example, can receive their choice of up to a $20 gift card from Borders, Home Depot or Starbucks. For updates on available LED holiday lights exchanges and rebates throughout the holiday season, check the Power Plug blog (

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