Keep Christmas lights safe and energy efficient this holiday season

GA Power offers safety tips for the holiday season

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many of us enjoy the beautiful lights of a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations, but no one enjoys the spike those lights can cause in our electric bills.

Georgia Power energy experts say one tip to save money is to use LED lights instead of incandescent.  The LED's use about 75 percent less energy and can last 10 times longer, the experts say.

Georgia Power also reminds you to always check the wiring of your lights, making sure nothing's damaged. That can save you money and more importantly help avoid a fire.

"One of the things you want to look for is to make sure the wires are not frayed or cracked and there are not any exposed wires, something else to look for are the sockets to make sure they're not cracked or broken in anyway," says Dean Jurecic, Energy Efficiency Representative with Georgia Power.

When using extension cords, Jurecic says it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and to "spread the load out." Its best, Jurecic says to plug your lights into multiple outlets on different circuits in the house. He he says putting your lights on a timer can save you even more money.

For more energy saving tips visit Georgia Power's website at this link.

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